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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I'm looking for a little objective advice about a job change I'm considering.
Think I've mentioned that I currently work as writer for a Catholic newspaper. I've been here almost six years. It's a good job, decent pay, great benefits, a lot of flexibility and very rewarding. Since I have a degree in journalism, it's been a good fit. However, lately I've been feeling a little restless and have been thinking it's time for something new.

There's currently a position open for a communications director with a local religious community - comprised of about 500 nuns. Basically the job would
be doing public relations for the sisters, writing press releases, writing and editing their publications, etc... They're looking for someone with a communications background and managerial experience, which I have. I've written many articles about this community and am very familier with their mission and ministries. The pay is more than I'm making now and the benefits are about the same. The downside is that it would mean a less flexible schedule and more travel time to and from work, since it's on the other side of town. I've had several people tell me that I should apply and know that I would have a pretty good shot at getting the job.

Any thoughts? This would be a great career move, but the biggest thing holding me back is all the freedom and flexibility I have now. It would be hard to give up! Thanks.
post #2 of 14
Goodness knows I hate the travel to work, but this does sound like a wonderful opportunity. I think that 6 years in the same job is just about the limit, before you start to suffer burn out. Unless that job has changed significantly, I would think that you need more opportunities.

Maybe, if you get the new job, once you are established, you can build in more flexibility.
post #3 of 14
I would say go for it and see what happens. Fate has a way of intervening if things are meant to be. If you don't give it a shot you'll probably always wonder....

good luck on making your decision! we're all behind you!
post #4 of 14
It never hurts to try. I believe I'd rather go through life trying things, whether they work out or not, than end up being 80 years old, in my rocking chair and regretting so much in my life.

Go for it. You'll never know until you try.
post #5 of 14
Try for it. More pay is ALWAYS a good thing!! (unless the job really sucks)
post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 
All it takes is a little encouragement! I emailed the woman who's in charge of doing the interviews to express my interest!
post #7 of 14
Sometimes, too, when you're not sure about something, you discover, in the process of applying for it, how you REALLY feel about it. I think applying is a good idea. As someone else said, if you don't you'll probably always wonder if you should have.
post #8 of 14
Good for you At the very least you can get more details on the job, and if it doesn't sound appealing, you can reject the offer.
post #9 of 14
The new job sounds like it would be a lot more challenging and interesting. The opportunity to learn and grow in a new job is as important, and sometimes more important, than the money! I'm glad you threw your hat in the ring. Let us know how it goes!
post #10 of 14
Maybe you could work in more job flexibility as a perk?????
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by rapunzel47
Sometimes, too, when you're not sure about something, you discover, in the process of applying for it, how you REALLY feel about it. I think applying is a good idea. As someone else said, if you don't you'll probably always wonder if you should have.
I agree. By contacting the people and doing an interview, you will get a feel of whether you would like the job and of how well you would fit in to the work environment.
post #12 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Renny
I would say go for it and see what happens. Fate has a way of intervening if things are meant to be. If you don't give it a shot you'll probably always wonder....

good luck on making your decision! we're all behind you!
post #13 of 14
I am glad you are finding out about it. I always think things are thrown in our path for a reason. The best jobs I have had (including coming out here to Bosnia) turned up when I was perfectly satisfactorily, if routinely, employed at something else.
post #14 of 14
I think you should go for it!
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