Dillema with My Work Status

United States
January 13, 2008 3:02am CST
Right now I work for a PetsMart PetsHotel, and I love it. I work for nice people, I have fun at work (when there are enough dogs to keep me occupied) :) and it is an overall good place to work. But my dad might be able to get me a job for a woman he works with. I'd be taking care of her 2 year old and newborn (as soon as it is born :) Sometime in March). He said with this job I'll be getting 15 dollars an hour! That's double what I make now. And I'll also get insurance (I don't get that with my current job because I'm 4 hours under full time-and my shifts have to be 8 hours long). So my dilema is, I love my current job...and they are really in desperate need of nightshift pet care people (what I do). If I quit they would only have 2 people working nights. And that makes me feel bad. But if I don't take this nanny job I'll have to start paying for my own insurance...and plus it's double what I make now, and I could really use the money! X.X Hard decision!
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13 responses
@stephcjh (32303)
• United States
13 Jan 08
Wow. That is a dilemma. I would just do whatever you think is best for yourself. I would weigh out all of the pros and cons and go from there. Congratulations on your new finding. I think I would go for that money, LOL.
• United States
13 Jan 08
I have been thinking about all the pros and cons lol. And it just blows my mind! X.X There are pros and cons for both lol. But I really need the money and insurance right now. My biggest dilema is just how guilty I'm going to feel for leaving PetsMart!
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@stephcjh (32303)
• United States
13 Jan 08
Yeah. I could imagine but you have to whatever is best for yourself. I'm sure they will undsrstand. I wish you the very best in your decision. I'm sure you will make the right one.
• United States
13 Jan 08
Thank you very much! I hope I make the right decision. And I just hope the lady gives me a chance and meets with me. I think I can make a good impression if she'll just forget my age and meet with me. I may seem too young, but when it comes to kids I am VERY responsible and careful...but..I'm always responsible! hehe
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@miss_elt (17)
• United States
13 Jan 08
Hi, that is a dilemma, but you can not worry about what you are leaving behind, but you are gaining. You have to take care of you, noone else will. Times are tough right now and you have to think about what insurance is going to cost if you stay at that current job. My suggestion is to talk to the lady you are going to be working for if you take that job watching her kids and see if you two get along. You may find out you do not get along with her for whatever reasonand that would be a shame if you took the job without knowing first hand what is expected of you. Hope this helps. miss_elt
• United States
14 Jan 08
You've helped a lot :) Thank you. And you're right. My dad is going to talk to her and try and get her to meet with me. But I'm worried about not getting the job because she is worried that I am only 19...although I have A LOT of experience taking care of babies, toddlers and older kids. I don't think it should be my age that really matters, but my responsibility level. I hope my dad can make her see that.
• United States
14 Jan 08
Hi , One thing you could do is take a first aid and CPR class. That may reassure her you can handle any situation that comes up. You sound very well put together. I would be honored to have you watch my kids if they were younger. It is a very scary world out here sometimes and you just have to make her feel comfortable. Something to think about. Also, may I invite you to be my friend? I only have one right now and she is my sister. thanks good luck dear. miss_elt
• United States
15 Jan 08
Well she is going to make anyone she hires take a CPR class =) Nice thinking! =P I wrote her a letter, hoping to make her feel better about me. Hopely my dad gives it to her, and it works for me.
@ElicBxn (61192)
• United States
13 Jan 08
Well, do you like kids or dogs better? If you go to your current job and tell them that you have a possiblity for a job that will include insurance, but you really like your current job. If they increase your time to full and you can get insurance you would consider staying. Can't hurt....
@ElicBxn (61192)
• United States
13 Jan 08
If you like them both, then go for it! Personally I don't think either of them are giving you real good skills for other jobs, but any job & health insurance are big pluses. I sure wouldn't be doing the job I've got it I didn't have health insurance thru my retirement....
• United States
13 Jan 08
Yeah I would really to have to start paying for my own insurance...X.X There'd go my paycheck! lol. The people do live across town for me, but my mom said we would work that out. But my dad said nannys make a lot of money where they live! lol.
@mrsjbelle (1640)
• United States
14 Jan 08
You seem really mature for your age. Neat how you "think things through" before leaping. You have a good head on your shoulders. You will do well in life:)
• United States
15 Jan 08
Thank you very much! That defeniatly makes me feel good =P I have thought this through and I'll be taking the nanny job if it is offered to me. But I know I will miss working at PetsMart. And I defeniatly am not saying anything to them util I know if I got the other job!
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
13 Jan 08
I'm probably no help on this one Lily. I say you should take the newer job from an economic standpoint. But I really say you need to really sit down and decide what is best for you and your future (either a better job, or staying at the job you like). If you are prepared for the newer job, I think you should take it. Change does happen for people and I believe this should be part of it. It might allow you to grow as a person, plus you have better means to take care of yourself and your life.
• United States
14 Jan 08
Yeah, Deepak88 (above) really really made this decision really easy for me, and my mind just snapped. I think if I am offered the new job I'm going to take it. I need the money, and who knows if I'll ever get another chance like this!
@mrsjbelle (1640)
• United States
13 Jan 08
What an awesome job! I love dogs! Do what works best for you though. A baby would be a joy to care for. Yes they will find a replacement for you at PetsMart.
• United States
14 Jan 08
I love dogs and baby's...so really I probably would be happy doing both. But I think if I am offered the nanny job I'm going to take it. I need the money, and since I won't be working nightshift anyone I will be able to spend more time with my family. I don't get to do much with them since I started working nightshift.
• India
13 Jan 08
hi friend "SERVICE TO MAN IS SERVICE TO GOD".By this i want to tell u that u can take up the job now offered to u.i am telling this not b'cause it is profitable also by saying "good civilized citizens make a good country". i know a job of no attraction is like nectorless flower for bees.But oppurtunity knocks the door only once.So try to make good use of this thing.Though babysitter is tough job u may enjoy it soon u get to used to it.If it hurts ur feelings pls ignore my thought.ALL THE BEST FOR UR LIFE.
• United States
13 Jan 08
You don't hurt my feelings at all, I really appreciate what you said. I have babysat a lot...for my sister and nieghbors, so it's nothing new to me. And I defeniatly never got 15 dollars an hour! It is true that I may never get a chance to make this much again, with the good benefits...I've gotta say you are really persuading me!!!
@cdparazo (5768)
• Philippines
13 Jan 08
What i have learned over the years is that NO ONE is indispensable. If you resign from your current job at petsmart, I am sure they could find a replacement. If money is not an issue, I would go for the job that i really love. But since it is an issue, I would go for the one that offers better compensation and benefits. There is also the possibility that i would love taking care of those kids as i love my current job. Its just a matter of giving it a chance and welcoming a better opportunity.
• United States
13 Jan 08
I do love kids too, and I liked working for my neighbors a couple years ago. And I do like kids so I'm not saying I wouldn't like this job. But the problem is they have a lot of trouble getting people for night. When they first opened they hired 4 night shift people (including me). 3 of them quit in the first month or 2. Then they hired 2 more, 1 of them quit. They had to bring someone from dayshift because there had only been 2 of us. Now there are 3 of us, but the day person wants to go back to days when they hire someone new. lol. So now if I quit she'll have to wait longer.
@reeseyj (906)
• United States
13 Jan 08
If you leave they will find someone to take your place. You cant worry about what thier going to do if you leave you need to worry about what you need. You need to make money and you deffinitly need insurance and if you can get that somee where else you should consider it. I would meet the woman and her kids first to see if you get along and see what her rules are and what she expects from you. If you feel really bad about leaving your current job because they need someone maybe you can find someone to replace you.
• United States
13 Jan 08
Yeah my dad said that I might be able to meet with her. If I do I hope she likes me. She's a little worried that I'm only 19. But I was a nanny for my neighbors a couple of years ago, plus I have 2 nieces. So taking care of babies is no problem for me. My dad said he would tell her that. I just hope she gives me a chance. I did try to talk my sister into taking my place at work, but she said no. And my best friend wouldn't be able to do it because she has school, and she already has a job. And no one else in my family will be able to do it hehe. I'll always feel guilty about quitting if I do end up leaving. But i won't say anything to them about it unless I know I'll get the other job...and since I wouldn't be starting until March they'll have a lot of time to find someone else, I hope.
• Singapore
23 Jan 08
I wish I have your job in the PetsHotel. I love animals. Only prob is, in my country, pets-related jobs are almost too low paying and voluntary. You could help to look for someone who is really interested in taking over your job. This way, you help your co get somebody to replace you and you won't feel guilty.
@carolbee (16231)
• United States
14 Jan 08
I can see where it's a tough decision to make. Since you've been a nanny in the past and know how difficult that can be and you liked it, I would suggest taking the nanny position if and when it's offered to you. I wouldn't mention anything to PetSmart until you are 100% certain the nanny job is yours. PetSmart will find a replacement if your choice is to leave. Health insurance and more money sounds like it would help you out considerably. Good luck to you whatever you decide to do.
@Razzles (561)
• United States
14 Jan 08
It is a hard decision to know what to do. Maybe you could speak to the manager of your company and explain to him or her that you really love this job and you may have to leave it if you are unable to make more money. I would also speak to your dad about meeting this woman before you even consider this job. She may not even consider you after meeting you. You wouldn't want to leave the job you love before you are really sure of things. Anyway, good luck at whatever you decide.
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
14 Jan 08
Well, if you like working with kids, and like the lady then I say change jobs. You just need to be sure that it'll work out before you give up your other job. Best of luck to you!