These past few weeks have been very stressful. I’ve had to evaluate past decisions and experiences to figure out what is important to me as far as my career is concerned. The big thing I’ve discovered, it’s not just about me.
I have a wife and three children who rely on my stability at work and my happiness at home. I’ve never had a great work/life balance. I tend to overwork a lot and in the web design industry I have to use a lot of free time learning new techniques or perfecting my craft. It can be overwhelming sometimes.
My wife always tells me that I undervalue myself and my work but I never listen to her. A few weeks ago I was put in a situation that forced me to make a choice. I had received a job offer from a company that is about to make over $500 million in sales this year breaking their previous record of $300+ million. I love my current job. The people are great, the work is diverse, and it allows me to dictate how I work. I had a lot to think about.
Having never been put in this situation before I had to figure out how I would make the decision.
Stability vs Diversity of Work
With three children stability is very important to me. More so than diversity of work. But the thought of working on and maintaining a handful of sites and working on marketing materials that already had a defined style really doesn’t appeal to me. I really had to consult with my wife to figure out what worked best for us.
Difference in culture
I’m happy with the current team I work with and I know two members of the team I may be working with but I’ve never worked with them. They do amazing work and they are two well rounded designers and front-end developers but they’re apart of a large company with 900 employees. The one thing I’m certain of is that the current members of the team I work with are great and very enjoyable to be around. Culture, ultimately, comes down to the people you work with.
What should I do?
I have no clue what to do. Whatever I finally decide, I need to make sure that it is the right fit and is balanced in terms of life and work. I’ve done all of the above. I’ve consulted with friends and former coworkers. I’ve written pros/cons lists and thought long and hard. What it will finally come down to is what I feel in my gut is the right decision.