I have been offered a lecturing job which I really need – I already have 2 other jobs, but since splitting from my ex, this isn’t quite enough for me to live on.
The job that was offered would have been permanent ie.a permanent contract – but was for one day a week.However, I got some bad vibes from the upper management in my interview – not in response to me (I’m told they thought I did a brilliant interview) – but because I just wasn’t at all impressed by the way they handled the interview procedure (extremely chaotic) and they were not even remotely transparent in responding to my question about the future vision for the college – the head of school simply said “we want to be the best” (this is a pathetic answer and won’t come true, they are currently regarded as a third rate / bordering on failing college. On top of this, the contract that they have offered me is for a fixed term of one year, not the permanent contract advertised. Three other jobs were advertised in this way at the same time, and for two of the other one’s they’ve done the same thing – made them one year fixed term. The only one that is remaining permanent is a job that was given to an internal candidate who has worked for them on a contractual basis.However, I have almost 10 years history of working with this college as a visiting lecturer and I am over-qualified for this role – my qualifications and experience are superior or at least equal to the head of school. The problem is I made a late career change into academia, and now there are barely any jobs going at all; it has been almost impossible to advance.The reason they are saying they changed the terms of the contract is because they may re-structure in one year’s time. They may or may not give me a job after that.But this would mean I have no job security and also would spend a year (as we agreed at interview) bringing all my expertise to a failing college and re-structuring the teaching modules – they might then chuck me out and find someone cheaper to employ !!All my gut instincts are saying ‘refuse’ – but, through necessity, I’ve always ended up taking on roles and responsibilities that feel wrong, because nothing better has ever been offered to me and I don’t have the benefit of youth anymore – I’m 50 now and very worried about my financial future.Should I take this role? It feels so degrading – but colleges these days are all the same – they know they can get away with treating exceptionally well qualified and experienced lecturers like this. I do really need more money coming in.
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A male reader, WiseOwlE + ♥, writes (23 October 2018):
How’s your credit? Are you behind on bills or rent? How certain are other prospects?If you have other jobs (your post seems awfully familiar) for backup; but you need extra income, take it. It’s only a short contract anyway. There was a similar post, but the job was to work under the OP’s ex; whom she said was abusive. That’s a no-brainer. Refuse it, if you’re that same OP. It would be re-entering a cycle of abuse; if he’s a narcissist, and knows you are very dependent on that income. Don’t find yourself homeless or too behind on bills. Do what is practical; but you should cross-train into another profession or field of employment. It makes no sense to be aging, and unable to support yourself. Taking on jobs that offer meager salaries, and they’re few and far-between.If this post was written before; it’s not wise to simply rewrite or recompose the post, to get answers or advice that you want to hear. You’re a highly-educated woman, and common-sense or logic should override emotion. Manipulating answers to your post to get more palatable answers will do you little benefit. My apology, if I’m wrong; and you’ve never written here before. It’s odd that the circumstances would be so similar in detail to those described in another post.
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A female reader, Honeypie + ♥, writes (23 October 2018):
I don’t see it as being “degrading” They aren’t asking you to clean toilets or lick the garden paths clean.If you take the job, sure it’s something you are over-qualified for AND it may only last 1 year. BUT at least you get your foot in the door doing a job you have the education for. If you do it well, you might FIND a better job and LEAVE this one, you might (at the end of the year) re-negotiate your term.Having an education or degree doesn’t mean you are OWED a career. THAT is up to you. You can’t sit on your hand WAITING for things/jobs to be OFFERED to you. That isn’t realistic.You need to money so it might be, you need to swallow you pride here.And I would also presume you have a trial period? So it it totally SUCK you can quit and look elsewhere.
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