I'm stressing guys. I need some of your awesome advice.
I've been working at my current job for four years now. They pay for my school (Paralegal Studies), I just jumped up to 3 weeks vacation, the pay is good, I'm comfortable here, and I don't have anyone breathing down my neck telling me what to do all day. I also have a lot of downtime. I don't stress about my job because I'm rarely ever overwhelmed here.
With that being said, there is talk of the company getting bought out. No one has a clue what would happen if that should occur. Will we have a job next year? Not to mention all of the permits that the EPA is pulling causing us to shut down mines left and right. Even if we don't get bought out, will there be enough production to keep our jobs? Not to mention that there is absolutely no room for advancement unless someone quits, retires, or dies. And no one EVER quits.
It's not secure to work at a coal company. Everyone knows that. I've been laid off once already from here, but thankfully they brought me back.
Now, why am I stressing? Because I've applied for a job with the city. It's basically the same thing I do here, except $1.20 more on the hour. And I don't think the city is going to be going anywhere anytime soon. Job security. Sounds appealing right? But what if I hate it? I can't come back. What if I lose that laid back environment that I enjoy so much? What if everyone there is mean and hates me?
I know what you're thinking too because Boyfriend keep saying the same thing, "They haven't even offered you the job, why are you stressing?"
Because I am scared to DEATH that they are going to. I know its a great opportunity and there is probably a whole lot more room for advancement, but I am comfortable where I am. I am going to get stuck here for the rest of my life because I'm afraid of changes.
I keep telling myself that I'll leave this place when they make me. When we close down or when I get laid off. Year after year it doesn't happen, so year after year I stay put. I'm in a rut and am afraid to get out. I can think of so many reasons to stay, but one BIG reason to leave. With the city, at least I'll know I can count on having a job the following week, the following month, the following year.