Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

by SMD 

I had a bizarre week. As regular readers will know I work as a computer programmer for the government by day and I’m a budding internet entrepreneur by evening and weekend. My planned exit from the rat race, as us Rich Dad devotees call it, is September 2006. This date corresponds with the end of my current contract at my job so it is a natural transition point.

Dr. Jekyll: This week I had a job offer from another department in our ministry. The offer was somewhat astounding and included a much coveted ‘permanent’ position [we have a joke that the only time a permanent position comes available is if someone dies or retires]. Along with the position comes about a 10 year jump up the normal promotion ladder and a 43% raise. All good, right?

The only problem is that I really like where I work now. A lot. And the department I work in now seems to like me too. Now, this being government, of course it’s not as easy as just having my boss match the offer, and the fact that it is another department trying to steal me away isn’t playing too well in my department either.

So, here I am in the middle of these intense negotiations for my ‘career’ and ‘position’ and the coveted ‘permanent employee’ status. Political whispers and grumblings are slowing down the lineup for the coffee pot. You could look in any direction in our office and see twenty people that would kill for that offer. My boss is scrambling to pull the right strings to match the offer or present something attractive enough to have me stay [probably more a point of pride than a real valuation of my worth]. The departments will probably be at war for years over the move – I may be even end up a casualty…who knows?

Mr. Hyde: 4:30pm every day. Get on my bike, pedal home like a maniac, fire up the computer, check how much I’ve earned today and get to work on my business…the purpose: to quit my job! What a very interesting emotional experience the last few days have been.

Through all this a couple questions have dominated my thoughts. If my current department doesn’t match the offer do I still take the new job, even though it’s doubtful that I will enjoy it as much as where I work know? What if the internet ventures don’t pan out and a year from now my contract ends and I’m in the unemployment line?

Even though the business is doing better than I could have imagined it is still a ways from the point where I could be completely detached from this situation. But I am still, in a way, enjoying it. It’s not often that you get to be in demand! My strategy is to play it for what I can get, do what seems best and accept that the worst possible scenario [no job] could happen. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

Update: Find out how this all turned out in my update.

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2 Responses to “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde”

  1. k on June 9th, 2007 1:45 pm

    Jon, I understand that you’re scared to move but you gotta do the stuff you’re scared of. What’s the goal of the job? To make money. So go for the most money. When working, I made it a point not to do the same job for more than 2 years. Kept me fresh, learning, open to change. All conducive to finding opps.

  2. Jon on June 9th, 2007 1:46 pm

    I hear ya. Not sure that the goal is only to make money, if it was then going for the new one is the choice, but on almost all other counts, the current job is likely superior. Right now I work in the big hub IT department with some really great senior people for me to learn from, but the new job is in a much much smaller shop. There won’t be the diversity that I enjoy now: still have my fingers crossed that my boss will find a way to match the offer.

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