Lynn Pettis (4/4/2016)
As my youngest daughter nears graduation from high school and I am officially single, I would consider moving for a job unless outside factors encourage me to stay here, in which case I would still be very interested in finding a position that allowed me to work from home and commit to the outside endeavors.
I'd like to think I am more than my job.
Sometimes Lynn, those things are out of your hands. They are currently in my case. I was out of work for almost 9 months. I live in a state where the Great Recession is still keenly felt today. Where unemployment is near double digits. Where there are very few IT jobs, even in the good times. Things are still horrible in the state where I live. The home across the street from my house has been vacant for over 2 years. As is another house 4 houses down and a third house further down. But that point you encounter the first street that intersects the street I live on. And it's that way throughout my neighborhood.
I tried very hard to land a job elsewhere. I had several interviews for positions elsewhere, some jobs that I wanted so badly to have that not getting them actually made me cry.
Finally after 9 months, with my unemployment benefits having run out months before, the cupboard nearly bare, almost about to loose our own home, the only offer I got was for this position I'm now in. The commute is horribly long. I no longer have a social life. I can't go to user group meetings, etc. Because of my work, my life has become my work. But at least we haven't lost the house, there's food in the cupboard and I'm able to pay the bills.
Although I agree with you, in principle, that I don't want a job to be my life. My current reality is it has to be. That's the way it is sometimes.
Kindest Regards, Rod Connect with me on LinkedIn.