Continuing along the lines of last week’s post on Lessons I’ve Learned Being Poor I’m having an internal debate /struggle with myself. On one hand I am applying for all sorts of corporate IT jobs that should reasonably pay $80K+ per year with benefits. On the other hand I am applying for anything that peaks my interest including but not limited to: teaching English in China, church secretary, social work liaison and so on.
I want the corporate job again. I want regular income, I want benefits, I want travel. But on the other hand, I want to make a difference, I want to stay home with my kids (or at least work from home,) I want to feel good about what I spend the majority of my time doing. I’m really torn. But I keep moving forward and am just waiting for something to stick.
So here’s where I’m at as I write this. Today I interviewed for a part time church secretary position. It is one of my “makes my heart feel good” job applications. I could do Powerpoints, graphics, some technology and also answer phones, support people through tough times, really build community. Kind of the best of both worlds in my mind at the time I applied and even after my interview.
Now, as I’m writing this, I have no idea if I will be offered the position. But I started thinking as I returned home…of the money, benefits side. It’s part time, no benefits, other than the fact that for the most part they would be willing to work around my kiddos schedule. Big win there in my mind! But it only pays $11-12 per hour. After taxes, I was guesstimating bring home pay would look like $8 per hour. At 20 hours per week…that’s $160 a week coming home, $640 a month. Ouch.
So is it even worth it for me to pursue these types of jobs? With my current part time job and this type of job, I would be working 40ish hours a week bringing home just at half of what I was making prior to November. A very tough pill to swallow. I don’t know. I just don’t know.
I’m still hopeful for some other interviews I’ve had and have scheduled shortly…but I am looking at an considering everything until something sticks. Lots of moving parts in this job search and considering options that come up.