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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-08-2005, 01:50 AM Thread Starter
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Would like some advice, not gettin good answer from mother

Ok, so as some of you may know, i am currently working and have been working as a computer tech for the past 9 months, advancing semi-well and getting a raise in between...

My dilemma is this: I have bills to pay, insurance and car payments, and the fact that i got hit (im a dumbass, dont ask), but i do have a small amount set aside (roughly $800 worth, i know im going to need it in the next few weeks for college, since its starting in 7 days), and im going to be carrying now 18 units so that i can get out of here at the end of this year.

Ok, so right now, (summer time) i have been working about 8 hours a day (the maximum), and i am making roughly $8.76 an hour, which is good for not doing very hard work. But school is starting in 7 days, and my schedule will be insane. I will be there Mondays from 9-5:30, Tuesday from 10:30-2:30, Wednesday from 9-5:30, Thursday from 8-3:30, and Friday/Saturday from 9-2

Pretty much leaves me with no time to do much except study and MAYBE have a social life on sundays.....

So my work, it closes at 5, and my boss is a very nice old lady, but that will be changing.... If you see my schedule above, i really only have 2 days to work 2 hours a day, and that would be kinda worthless for me in terms of money, and the only reason i would do that is to keep that job opportunity open (foot in the door sort of thing), since this job is awesome. Bad thing is that my boss doesnt like the fact that im going to be choosing some pretty crappy hours, and that i will barely have any hours...

Another bad thing is that my job is clear across town (both work and school are about 15 miles away from my house, and both are in opposite directions, so i would end up spending 45 minutes just getting to work for 2 hours, then havni to drive 20 min back home).... So it will be a nice chunk of time to do something im not to happy about doing (driving all day).

My mom really wants me to stay with this job, and so does my grandfather (who just recently retired from the same office at which im working, the office is a government agency), and i know for sure my grandfather will be dissapointed that i left the job, but i dont know if its the best thing that i can do for this upcoming semester. It will be a real load off my head if i didnt have to go to work while carrying my 18 units.

Oh i forgot to mention that my boss will be retiring in 3 months (before my semester is doen, before i have a chance to work long hours again)... My new boss may be no where near as nice as this boss is (shes really nice to me)... Thats a big turn off too

What do i do? Im so confused, i want to stay, but my school is a top priority, but i feel that somehow i MIGHT regret leaving this job...

Summary:
-Currently doing very well at my job as a computer tech
-Getting paid well
-Have expenses to pay, but i was smart enough to set aside a small sum every month on top of my expenses such as insurance, payments, gas
-Next semester will be 18 units and LONG hours
-No time for work except 2 hours a week roughly
-Will spend an hour and five minutes driving to and from work for every hour i work
-Will have to go across town to get to work from school
-Boss not happy with my hours/schedule
-Im not happy with my hours/schedule
-Grandpa/mom will be HUGELY dissapointed if i leave this job (they are good friends with my boss)
-Boss is retiring soon, who will be my boss next? Will they like me like this boss does?
-Afraid that if i take my "foot out of the door", i may never recover properly (in terms of nice work/flexibility/opportunity)
-Clearly confused as to what to do, my gut says quit, but i am getting GREATLY urged to stay, and i would feel bad if i quit too

What do i do!??!

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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-08-2005, 09:41 AM
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Re: Would like some advice, not gettin good answer from mother

Do you want a job as a computer tech or do you want to finish school? That's pretty much what it comes down to.

You've got a demanding school schedule that leaves you with 2 hours a week to work. If you want to stay there, and it doesn't pose a problem, then stay for 2 hours a week if they'll let you. If it's going to be a major problem and cause you all kinds of inconvenience then you have no reason to stay.

The feelings of your mother and grandfather should have no bearing on your decision. You said that school is your top priority, so do what you need to do to succeed there first. If you have the time to work after taking care of that, then great. If not, then oh well. If you HAD to work to stay in school, that would be different.

I can't see why your mom and grandfather would put their friendship with your boss ahead of your best academic interests. Did either of them finish college? If not, they may not understand or could be harboring resentment towards you for your success. If they did earn a degree then there's no excuse for them giving you a hard time about it.
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I would drop the tech job and work waiting tables or something. You can work during the evenings, make much better money, and still go to school. Working 4 hours a week isn't even worth driving to the damn job. There are PLENTY of part time jobs where you can work in the evening and make better than what you make now.

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$ 8.76 you think thats good pay...lmao i know someone that works at a supermarket and make 9 something.


anyways.. i think school is better, you make only 8.76... do you want to mess up your school for a job that pays 8.76 now


go to school finish that and get a job that pays more.... you fam. should understand


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Re: Would like some advice, not gettin good answer from mother

Drop the job, there are other things you can do to get paid just as much. Look for a job as a teaching assistant at your school maybe or ask around with the professors. They can usually hook you up pretty good for a job getting like 10 an hour. Then you can work right after class for a couple of hours a day (plus campus jobs are cake and you can usually do your homework while you are working) and not have to commute anywhere.


Or even better look for companies that recruit on your campus for an internship. They will cater to your hours and pay you a shitton more.

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Re: Would like some advice, not gettin good answer from mother

have to chime in and agree with everyone. When I read the first line saying your working as a computer tech and getting raises I was like what are you going to school for. then i read 8.79 and was like....go to school for sure.

Thats like being a gas station attendant and saying your a fuel distribution engineer.

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Drop the job 8.76 is not worth the hassel. Find a new job more flexible like waiting tables and such.
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Drop the job 8.76 is not worth the hassel. Find a new job more flexible like waiting tables and such.
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yea a lot of people i know wait tables while in school and they make good money,yeah one of then is works for hooters but still you can make good money anywhere else...lol

hey maybe if you wear lil tight orange shorts you can make money....but in a diff type of place....haha


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Re: Would like some advice, not gettin good answer from mother

$8.76 is not worth your grades slipping, and the gas to drive to and from work would probably eat up half of what you'd make over the 2 hours anyways. Unless a computer tech is what you want to be when you graduate, which I don't think is the case since not many computer techs have a degree, the additional experience you get from this position while going to school will be negligible when you're job searching. Also, since you've already worked there for some time, you can still put it down on your resume.

I was in a similar situation as you deciding between high grades and work and chose to work... Last year I was taking 6 courses each semester (you can only take 5 max unless you get authorization from the dean) while working 24 hours a week. My grades slipped like mad, but I think it was the right decision based on the fact that I was working at a company that I could definately see myself working at after I graduate (I've been told I'm getting an offer from them later this week), I am doing work that I enjoy and that I went to school to learn to do, and I'm getting paid $22.50 an hour which I think is an obscene amount considering I haven't graduated yet, and my next highest paying job I've had was only at $16/hr.
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find a new job (8.76 is a jack in the box wage)... millions of people balance school and work without a problem! it just takes sacrafice.

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