Things not to do ever:
- Make an OK Cupid profile and compare your answers to questions with those of your current partner
I got offered a full-time permanent position by my boss today (finally). They’ve got the lease for the new shop and are going to sign it soon, so that means they’re able to secure my future employment.
I’ll be working 7.5 more hours a week; from 10am to 6am every day; my lunch break will be cut to 30 minutes a day and worst of all I’ll have to work every Saturday - all the while I’ll still be getting paid minimum wage. I asked my boss about the possibility of not working weekends, and how it was effecting my ability to do stuff outside of work, to which she responded: “This is the job we’re offering you, either take it or not”.
Which leaves me in a pretty nasty situation. Obviously I can’t just quit because I’ve got bills to pay and animals to feed, but the thought of working every Saturday for the foreseeable future is depressing. I’ve already had to give up so much for that job, and feel like the only thing I get back from it is a meager paycheck at the end of every week.
But at the same time if I leave now the print shop will go under. My boss doesn’t have anyone else to run it and there are orders ready and waiting which she won’t be able to complete if I just pack up and leave. I feel like I have some leverage but just not sure how to effectively use it.
The other option is quit my job and go back on job seekers. Because my contract ended a week ago, and I haven’t signed a new one, I wouldn’t have to worry about waiting to sign back on like you usually do when you quit. I’ve saved up a bit of money but not sure how long it’ll last and I’ve no idea how long I’ll be unemployed for.
I’m seriously considering trying to go freelance as a web developer; or even trying to get a full-time (or even part-time) job as one. The starting rate for web developers seems to be around £20-25k p/a. Just not sure if I have the skills for that.
Or I could just pull a wildcard, give up work, and try to get into some form of education. Either doing web development, graphic design or something completely different like ecology, forest management or something.
Decisions, decisions, decisions…
You missed another option (again), and what most people do, stick it out for now while you look for something else that you’ll be happier with! I can’t deal with the pressure of being the only one working, especially considering how tired it makes me (I’ve been working the same number of hours a week you’ve now been offered for the past 5 months).
Also don’t think you’re really going to be working from 10am to 6am every day :P
Dreamt that I wrote some of my masters project in comic sans :|