Maggie’s been offered a promotion! But it’s the one time in life where she’s not actually sure if she wants one — while she’s a full-time college student.
Dear Judge Josh,
I’m a junior in college, but I plan on being in school for a couple more years at least. No rush on graduation!
Good for you. I hear the opposite more often that not around here, but graduating super-quicklike isn’t critical. Stop and smell the roses, indeed.
I’ve been working part-time since I was fifteen and have gotten used to the grind. I recently took a lower-paying, easy-pie retail job so I could focus more on school now that I’m getting into harder classes that require more of my time. But! I’ve done so well at this easy-pie job that they want to promote me to assistant manager!
Nice! I feel an interesting quandary coming on…
I’m really excited, but I don’t know if I should take the job. School is more important, of course, but right now I barely make rent and I’d like to be a little more comfortable.
Makes sense. The great Bret Michaels once said, “Not a dime, I can’t pay my rent, I can barely make it through the week” is no way to go through life, Mags. 🙂
I’m paying for school with 100% loans this semester, which hurts. The promotion won’t mean an increase in hours, but will mean a raise and some benefits, like health insurance.
No extra hours, but more money, benefits, and of course some managerial experience and responsibility to put on your resume later. So far, you can consider me Team Take The Job, but let’s continue…
I’ll have to move all of my classes to Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays which will mean long days.
Yeah, but I’ve done that before and it wasn’t too-too bad. I actually stacked 18 hours into Tuesdays-and-Thursdays only, and that was brutal but still doable. I wouldn’t worry too much about that part of it.
I’ll only work Tuesdays, Thursdays, and weekends if I take the job. I really like my workp lace and I would love to have more responsibility there, but is it smart to be taking on more responsibility while I’m in school?
Hell yeah! I mean, you know, provided it won’t crumble you to the point of flunking out, but it doesn’t sounds like you’re too worried about that. And if you’re not, I’m not.
Otherwise, we’re basically talking about a semi-permanent internship here. Same thing, really, but even better — you’re at the middle-management level (instead of coffee-fetcher, as is sometimes the case with internships), and you’re actually getting paid better money, and benefits.
So yeah, I have no problem with adding responsibilities while you’re in school, especially if they’re job-related ones that can help you get a bigger, better job later!
(Incidentally, I don’t know where you work, but if you like your job and company, then they may keep you on in a bigger and better capacity after you graduate — especially if you do well as assistant manager while carrying a full load of coursework)
Should I stick with the easy-pie job, or is it a good idea to take the management position?
Yeah, here’s the long and short of it — the offer on the table is benefits, more money, same hours, and at the very least a good resume entry and some management experience. That’s the upside.
What’s the downside? Having to stack your classes on MWF (meh, no biggie), and having more things to be responsible for at work. Those are the only two drawbacks that I can see, and neither is severe. This one passes my cost-benefit analysis with FLYING colors.
— What do you guys think? Is an assistant manager job too much to take on while jumping into your upper-level courses, or should she tackle all of it? Let us know in the comments below.