I’m thinking of doing this again, but I’m not sure of a theme or anything. Right now I’m pretty focused on trying to find a job, so maybe my dilemma du jour will entertain.
Here’s the thing.
A friend has offered me a short-term, part-time job at his company doing stuff I’m about 10 years and a degree overqualified to do, for $15/hour. He thinks it will be about 20 hours a week but could be more hours. The company is located in Berkeley, which is about 90 miles and at least a 2 hour morning/evening commute each way. They are also expanding, though honestly they don’t really do anything I’m interested in professionally.
Here is my pros/cons list. Please read and tell me what you think I should do in this situation.
* It’s a job. It’s money coming in, though granted, not a whole lot of money
* I’ve been told that I can consolidate it into two weekdays and so I can just stay at a friend’s house or my sister’s house for the in-between night, saving myself 2 commutes. Or I could drive down on a Monday evening, work Tues/Wed, and drive back up Wed evening.
* There’s a possibility of somehow finagling it into a full-time job for the company
* My friend is going out of his way to help me find work
* It’s 90 miles and 2 hours each way. Even with an overnight stay or two during the week, that’s still 180 miles or nearly half a tank of gas plus bridge toll and wear/tear on the car a week.
* An overnight stay or two means I’m away from home, Dan, and kitties for one or two nights a week for a job that’s probably a dead end
* That’s two fewer days a week I can spend looking for a full-time job that I want to be doing
* If I do get offered a full-time job, especially if soon, that means I’d be kind of screwing my friend over
Our ultimate plan is to move down to the Bay Area as soon as one of us gets a full-time job, but there’s no way we could swing a move, let alone rent and everything else on $300/week, so the option of us moving for this job is not on the table.