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Help...I'm in quite a pickle!

By ttosun ·
I recently relocated from NY to Tampa, FL. I had been searching for jobs online and through the local paper for about 4 weeks now. Last week, I sent out 4 resumes and I immidiately got a response back from an IT consulting and service company. Due to weeks of lacking income (and my wife getting worried I may never work again...man FL is fun when you have no job!) I jumped at the opportunity and interviewed and was hired by the company and start work Monday (today is Thursday). All well and good.

Here's the pickle...I don't really want to work for a service oriented IT company, going from site to site and basically doing help desk type work although I was hired as a Senior Network Technician (whatever that means). I've done that for over seven years at my first IT job and as fun and exciting as it was, I feel I have exhausted that field and really took it as far as it could go. What I really want to do is get more into a network/systems administration position (you know, the type of job I've spent thousands of dollars and countless hours of studying and testing to obtain certifications for)like my last job.

Today, I got the opprtunity to interview for the type of job I really want and was told that I was 1 of 4 candidates being strongly considered for the position. I'm pretty confident that once I interview for this position that I will get it.

That said...what do I do? Do I start work as scheduled and interview with this other company and if hired, immidiately resign from my new job? Or, do I just grin and bear it and let this new opportunity go and try to make the most of the position I've been hired for?

The position I've been hired for does have some very good things about it. It's a relaxed atmosphere with very down to earth people all on a first name basis with each other and the company is growing rather rapidly. If I stick with them, I know with my years of experience in the service end of IT, I could really be an integral part of this company and probably be one of the main driving forces of it in the future.

However, my ultimate goal is to control the IT dept. of a Fortune X company and you simply can't do that if you're not reqiured to wear a tie to work.

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I see it all the time

by jdclyde In reply to MY priorities changed

people that have been brainwashed into Corporate Americas definition of "making it".

They think they need that fancy stuff to validate who they are. I am looking for a SMALLER house, not a bigger house.

To get this fancy stuff, they allow themselves to "advance". We reward people that do a job very well, by taking them out of that job and putting them in a different position? not everyone is fit to be a manager, but they go for it because it means a bigger pay check.

I will be applying for a management position within a year, but it is because I am ready to do that, not because I need the money. This is a fairly hands on manager position, so it wouldn't be a whole lot different from what I do now, except for having the ability to make some much needed changes.

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I'm with you up to a point..

by maecuff In reply to To some people Tig

It's all well and good to do what you 'want' to do..however, if doing something you're not to happy about doing pays the bills and keeps the family fed..well..it's an easy choice.

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It is a balance

by jdclyde In reply to I'm with you up to a poin ...

I was talking more about people that HATE their job. Every morning they wake up and say to themselves "Got to go to that place again".

Life is too short to live like that.

don't have to LOVE the job, but you sure shouldn't hate it.

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Good advice

by rickydoo In reply to Take the job

and well said, especially the last part "Companies today don't hesitate to give you a pink slip".
And a small company in which everyone is on a first name basis is a little less likely to hand you that pink slip on a whim.
A growing company also makes for more advancement opportunities to get to where you want to be. It may take longer to get there, but you might have more fun on the way. Plus, where the already big company may place ulcers in your inbox, the growing company will probably place challenges you might enjoy.
Since I don't know either of these companies, this is all conjecture, but it's something to consider.

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I've got the job already and...

by ttosun In reply to Take the job

As I intervieed for the position, I did make it clear that I was aiming for more of an admin position in a large company. And he made it clear that I would probably make more money doing something like that but his main selling point was that although the company is an IT consulting and service company, that they were growing rapidly. This was also the one of my goals when being with a company, to grow with them and be there from the beginning, so to speak. Don't get me wrong, the position sounds great, there's a high growth opportunity and the people there are like a small family. Everyone looks out for eachother and there is a real "happy" atmosphere.

However, at this early point in my career and life (I'm 29) I feel as though I should be chasing the money. Although I've been in IT for over 9 years (8 yrs. at consulting company, as a Network Tech/Admin/Installation Tech/Field Support, I basically did it all, and little over 1 yr. as a Systems Admin.) I've only been in the "real" day to day administration part of it for such a short time.

So now the question becomes, and taking into consideration my short time as a Systems Admin...do I chase the money or can I afford to be "happy"?

As I appreciate all your comments and advice, I would like the advice of some of the veteran IT members on this one.

Thanks.

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Money is not everything

by Skidoggeruk In reply to I've got the job already ...

Job satisfaction is more important. A few personal victories every day are nice.

However, you may want to chase some of your ambitions first. If nothing else to see how far you can go. If you want to be a IT Director in some top company,than this might not be the company to be in, but don't give up something putting bread on the table, before you get another position. I wonder if there are many Fortune X companies in FL to aspire to. Are you prepared to move again later? Wife, kids, house,etc. You might want to visualise how this may come to fruition in the long run and what and how much you are willing to sacrifice to get there.

If you want to get in on the ground floor of a new company, stick where you are. You might find that new opportuinities arise from working at client sites. Or you might find that you become that VIP you wanted to be by applying a little patience and persistence.

Everybody has these problems when facing important career decisions. Only you will be able to make the choice. Try to pick the one that you will not regret.

Oh, stick with the current position, should you get the other one, try to negotiate an amicable solution for all parties. IE work an extra month with the little guy and start later with the big guy.

Good Luck on this one

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Regarding the happiness question

by Deadly Ernest In reply to I've got the job already ...

If you can put food on the table and pay the bills, you can afford to chase happiness. I'm 54 and can tell you that all chaising the money gets is long hours and ulcers, in many cases it loses you happiness and family. In your situation I would take the current job and grow with the company, that way you can help steer the company culture so that when it gets big enough to pay you the big bucks you don't get the ulcers as well. I'm just sorry that I didn't take such an opportunity when I had it in my late 20's - hindsight has pefect vision.

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I totally agree with Ernest,

by Old Guy In reply to I've got the job already ...

all too often chasing the money in this field has way too many issues, such as, ulcers, losing happiness, and losing family. I don't think you mentioned kids in your posts but you might want to decide your priorities in your life first and go from there.

Several years ago I re-prioritized my life and my job kind of went down a few notches and they weren't very happy with that. I really took a hit in that area. However, it certainly helped me and in the long run has helped my job after all.

Like Ernest, I'm 51, and since you asked for some of the older folks advice, I've learned sometimes it pays better in the long run to take the less glorified job and make it the best.

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Take the best opportunity

by AV . In reply to I've got the job already ...

If you get the Sys Admin job at the large company, take it. It is a step up in your career, just for the experience of working with so many different systems and living on the bleeding edge of technology.

PS - you're the one that's bleeding. Its the ultimate training ground though, for whatever you want to do in the future. You are exposed to so much current technology.

I was a Sys Admin for a large pharmaceutical company for several years in the mid 90's. Everything I learned there has benefited me throughout my career. Smaller companies don't deploy new technology as often. I learned things then that they are just deploying now in small places.

Today, I am a Sys Admin for a mid-sized law firm. Its more relaxed than Corporate America. There is alot of work there, but its not bleeding edge and the company pockets are not as deep. Its a happy family type group.

I can do this now, but now is the time for you to go for it. Corporate America is tough, but do it anyway. Its a great experience.

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listen to the old guys :)

by Shellbot In reply to Help...I'm in quite a pic ...

i'm just slightly older than you, (so am not one of the more experienced) but i have left the job where i had all the responsibility. Blood pressure went through the roof, was on medication and had a headache for near on 6 months.
Wasn't worth it..
Obviously you know what you want, so work towards your goal. Go with your gut. You need to put food on the table, but once you can do that, then you need to decide whats more important.

Family life or Fortune 500 and suits?

The way i see it, there are many many places that are great to work for that are not Fortune 500. Why don't you do what makes you happy?

Take the job (or delay start if you can) and if you get the other one then decide what makes you happier.

I know a few people who have held out for the "better job" and all they did was lose valuable time and experience while they ended up taking worse jobs than they had originally turned down. If you hold out for this other one, what makes you think that the person they interveiw after you won't have twice as much experience and gets the job. You haven't even interveiwed yet by the sounds of it.

Don't count your hatches before they chicken
:)

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