The situation that I'm in feels like a blessing and a curse right now. My head is spinning.
So, I currently work full-time as a phlebotomist, and though I love what I do, it has been wearing on me mentally and physically. I have tried to leave my post for other positions, but ultimately if I don't move into another role that is at the same level, my pay will be docked pretty substantially. I haven't finished up my college degree, so I feel like it puts me at a disadvantage among other candidates when job searching, especially when I apply for a job that is outside of healthcare.
About a month before the pandemic, I got an interview with a mortgage lending company through a temp agency. So this was about February or so. I didn't get the job, but felt like I might have dodged a bullet considering the shelter in place orders that ended up happening a month later. Whew!
Since the pandemic, my laboratory has had to cut back on our hours. That was fine until the antibody test came out and we had a massive surge of patients - so essentially my coworkers and I are doing more work in less time and often with less help. It's been difficult because most of us haven't applied for unemployment before (it was something our company recommended that those with a reduction in hours/furloughed apply for right away) only to find out they have all the non-furloughed employees working just enough that we don't qualify for those benefits.
With that being said, I got another call back from the mortgage lending company! They're rolling out a new department, but since it is still in the works the position is only part-time. The pay is decent, the potential for growth is there, but I feel like I can't leave my current job because who knows if they'll actually put me on full-time, basically the fear of the unknown.
Did I mention that I run a business on the side? I'm also a VA for mobile bartenders, and business in that sense has been slow. I have a couple steady clients, but nowhere near where I want it to be. On that same note, this position is more in line with developing skills that can be transferable to my business.
Trust me, I AM crazy... I know that it is a lot to put on my plate, but I also have been looking for an out from my phlebotomy job.
Can I hear your take on this? I know the decision is mine alone to make, and since I've been home from work for the evening I have been thinking things like.. when will I spend time with my kids? Who will cook dinner? Will I be burnt out even if I am doing this with a means to an end?