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Afraid to leave a bad sure thing for a “riskier” job


Recently, one of my instructors from VCU who decided to go freelance has been hinting that she wants to hire me full time. The thought of leaving my current company sounds fantastic but I feel that I may be putting my career in her hands. She has many accounts and I’ve partnered with her on freelance projects. She is a good friend, and that may be the problem. What do you think?
She asked what I was looking for in terms of a salary. Of course more than I make now and she didn’t seem turned off by it.
I’ve been applying for jobs at local design firms (like you had suggested) and have no luck. Jobs are very few here! One agency I interviewed with “threw me out the door” when I told them I refuse to work on tobacco accounts. My question to them was “Why didn’t you list the tobacco clients on your roster?!” Then again, it’s Richmond. I think one of you had a similar experience?

intro Afraid to leave a bad sure thing for a riskier jobIt’s hard to find the problem in your question. Hmmm, hate your job, no luck finding a new one, a person you like and have worked with before offers you a new one for more than you’re making now…she has lots of accounts…What’s that problem again?

Anyone in any job can have the illusion they’re putting their career in the CD’s hands. In many ways that’s true…their good or bad direction will up your game or drag you down. But there’s only one person in control of your career, and of course that’s you. If things don’t go well, you direct yourself out the door. Hopefully on to a better position next time.

As for the friend thing, if it didn’t have any bad affect when you were her student, the CD position is simply another version of life with your friend the authority figure. It can indeed be difficult to be friends and co-workers but we’ve had the experience many times. Hopefully it’s a plus that as friends you can cut out any politics or bullshit in the roles. Again, if it doesn’t feel right, you move on.

Good luck in the new job.

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