Some of you have seen the announcement that I made on Facebook that after 4 years in (essentially) the same job with HP and a subcontractor, I've accepted a new job. One of the biggest perks of this job is that it takes me 10 minutes to get home on a bad day. I live a mile and a half from the parking lot to my building. We moved to our current apartment for this job. I got to spend all this extra time with my family, leaving a few minutes before work and getting home a few minutes after. The other day, I was offered a job with Northrop Grumman. Unlike my minuscule commute for the job I'm leaving, this job is about an hour away. That means no more feeding the kids breakfast, no more little people invading the bathroom while I shower, no more hangout time after I get home before we make dinner, no more coming home to make everyone lunch on days they don't have school.
While I'm going to miss those things, I wouldn't have accepted this job if it wasn't worth it. Was I stagnating in my current job, doing the same basic thing every day, with no excitement or change? Yep. Was there no growth? Yep. Was the pay less than market? Yep.
I'm not going to be tripping over all the money that I'm making taking this job, but it's nice to be offered something closer to market wage for the new job (I'm doing basically the same job as in the old job). I know it's going to be rocky, losing out on my comfortable commute, and my little things, but I know that accepting this offer will be the best thing for my family.
That's what it boils down to. Do I enjoy doing this kind of work? Absolutely. Does it keep my family happy, healthy and comfortable? Absolutely.
I look forward to the next step in my life, and the changes it brings about to all of us. I've got 2 weeks of wrapping things up here, handing off my projects to others, then it's off to the wild blue yonder. Wish me luck!