Hi FGB community, within the next week, I may receive an offer for a great position. I need some feedback on the cost of living in central Virginia (Lynchburg) to see if the salary will support my desired lifestyle and work/life balance.
A little background:
About a year ago, I left a non-profit job in museums. I liked the job and the responsibilities but the environment was toxic and there was a history of mismanagement that didn't look like it would resolve anytime soon. I moved into my first corporate position with a great employer that offers amazing benefits, competitive wages, paid overtime, tuition reimbursement, etc. There are ample advancement opportunities - rare in small and medium non-profits. Environment is much more supportive and co-workers are great.
I just don't love the work right now. The expected offer is for a promising job at a medium non-profit but the salary will be $45,000. In my current role, with the expected overtime, I'll likely make around $60,000 this year.
Pro's in Virginia:
-Lower cost of living
-Closer to competitive English horseback riding (my primary hobby/fitness pursuit)
-Closer to more family
Better job "stuff" like benefits, advancement opportunities
Con's in Virginia:
-2+ hours to major airport makes it difficult to travel
-Small city with politics that oppose my personal position
-Fewer advancement opportunities
Any Virginia residents out there who can let me know if $45k will be sufficient? Any career counselors or gurus who can advise on some factors I should weigh more or less?
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