So, in continuum from my previous post, I am starting an online graduate assistantship (GA) this next month. And, I’ll be taking a 5 credit hour course load. And, I’ll be working full time at my crisis center job, which includes on call shifts a few times a month.
Can I still manage to work about one day a week at the clothing store?
Yes, I still work there, a job first referenced in a post from 2010. Since they have allowed me to work one-to-two days a week, been really flexible with any time off, and it honestly isn’t a super stressful job most of the time, I just stayed on for the extra money. I never could justify quitting. I mean, would I really be doing something so meaningful on Sunday afternoons that would be so much more important than making a few extra dollars to help with the bills? As important as getting caught up on shows on Netflix really is, well…
…well, until NOW.
I really don’t know how I can balance working at the clothing store with all my new responsibilities. I was hoping that I could perhaps take a leave of absence and come back on for holidays and summers when my class load and GA wouldn’t interfere. I found out this past weekend that unfortunately that wasn’t an option. I had to work one day a week, or quit and hope to be hired back during those times, losing seniority in the process.
I’m surprisingly (maybe not surprisingly?) having a hard time with this decision. While this is a job any idiot, and I say that in the nicest way possible, could get – they’ve been good to me considering the type of job it is, and saying goodbye after this long is just difficult to process. So, for old time’s sake, here’s a breakdown of pros and cons:
Benefits of leaving the clothing store:
- I would have time to devote to my new responsibilities.
This is most important. My class this semester is supposed to be more involved. Plus, I’ll obviously be spending 10 hours a week for the GA. This is for my future; this is where I need to be putting my focus on this as much as possible. The clothing store will just interfere.
- Less tempted to spend money.
I never, okay rarely, shopped there before I started working there. And now, I wouldn’t be surprised if they have gotten more of my money than they pay me. I’ve not been so bad in the past several months – but I’m not really buying stuff that I necessarily need there most of the time. There is less temptation to buy there when I’m not spending hours around the merchandise.
- I can always go back.
I will need to make sure of this before I put in the two weeks that I could always go back on the same schedule I currently work. I understand that I will lose the ability to accrue any additional holiday and personal time that I get now – but honestly, it doesn’t add up to a whole lot anyway. I would keep the same pay rate though, which is more important anyway. IF I could go back with the same schedule flexibility, then why am I holding on?
Benefits of staying at the clothing store:
- The discount.
It’s not awesome, other than some special employee weekend deals. Sure, I might buy stuff I really don’t need. But not always. For instance, I have some bicycle shorts on hold right now that I’ll be picking up today. I really like the cycling class at my gym, but haven’t gone back because of how painful the seats were. Sure, it’s not the same need as buying groceries, but it’s also not the same as buying my 40th dress I can barely fit in my closet.
I also use the discount to buy gifts for people when I can. It’s great for Christmas, getting stuff for my young nieces, etc.
- Keeping the seniority.
Being able to work the schedule that I do there is huge. I wouldn’t be able to do that at any retail environment as a new hire. If I lose that ability when I quit if I want to come back – well, that is a lost opportunity for extra money.
- Maybe I can do it all?
Who knows, maybe I’m doubting my ability to handle everything. I mean, the shifts there are usually 4-5 hours. I did the clothing store along with a 3rd job that I was putting 12 or more hours a week in for several months last year. As long as I am proactive in requesting off weekends of major assignments – maybe I still have it in me to be superwoman? Or at least, give it a shot before throwing it away?
This is a lot of debating for a job that barely pays more than minimum wage. But, the reality of my financial situation is that every dollar counts unfortunately. I’m still not sure what I will decide – but the time to decide is quickly approaching!