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I got into a nice groove of working on my blog again, and then I got really preoccupied with other things.  One of the big things taking up my time has been a job offer I got last week.  I was pretty surprised because I’m in my third trimester, and who the hell offers a job to a woman who is so heavily pregnant?  It’s a sweet offer, in that it’s working for the government which to me means more flexible work schedules and less working overtime than in the private industry.  However, switching insurance so late in a pregnancy is a nightmare, especially because it would take 2 pay periods for my new insurance to go into effect, and I’m not guaranteed FMLA.  The timing for this could not be worse.

When I told my bosses at my current job, I was surprised when they counter-offered and told me they would let me work part-time.  That made my decision a lot more complicated, because while the government has more flexible work schedules, I may need to work a certain period of time before they let me start working from home or working part-time.  If I stay at my current company, I could have those benefits right away.

There are pro’s and cons for each job.  The commute at my current job is better (=less time away from my baby), but I would accrue more sick leave at the government.  The research at the government is more interesting, but I have more autonomy at my current job.  My salary would grow more slowly at the government job, but the work-life balance would be easier to maintain.

I’ve been praying and reading my bible.  Two verses I’ve been thinking about a lot are Ecclesiastes 3:22 and 4:6:

22 So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them?

Better one handful with tranquility
than two handfuls with toil
and chasing after the wind.

I’ve tried to get wise counsel.  I’ve talked to someone working part-time at my company and someone working part-time in that government division.  I’m waiting to hear the final offer from my current boss tomorrow, and then I will call my potential new boss to see what she says. Can she tell me I can work part-time right away?  I keep changing my mind about which is the better offer, and the dithering back and forth is causing me a lot of anxiety.

How would you decide which job to take? I really want to know.

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