This Time I'm Really Telling

Okay, sorry for all the forced suspense. You've all certainly earned the public answer for your support. Before I forget, thanks for that and for all the advice and discussion. Now then, the moment this has all been leading up to.

For those who guessed I took the second job, you are correct.

The salary disparity between Job 1 and Job 2 mentioned in the previous post concerns me a little bit because there's a pretty reasonable cost of living question. In looking at it, Job 2 put me in a better spot - or at least put me in a spot I'm okay being in - if something goes wrong. Between the resources being given to me which will allow me to do more travel and research, and the courses I'd get to teach which are much closer to what I've been wanting to teach all along, it just seemed like the better option.

What made it a tough call, though, was that Job 1 is much closer to my aging parents. Of course, as you may have suspected from various posts, being too close to my family is also a concern. So a large part of the temptation to go that route was the ability it would have lent me to be close to them. But that felt like part of a two pronged trap, because if Job 1 didn't feel right - and there were some concerns about it, largely in terms of teaching and lack of resources - being so close to family makes it harder (for me at least) to seek out a better position.

Obviously, of course, I hope all of that is hypothetical, and that this is, indeed, the position I stay at all my days. We shall see.


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Kendra Leonard said...

Congratulations and good luck!


February 13, 2009 at 10:33 AM
Phul Devi said...

Many congratulations! I think job 2 sounds pretty wonderful!

February 13, 2009 at 10:46 AM
ash said...

I've said this via back channels, but let me publicly throw in a big fat CONGRATULATIONS! as well. It's been a long, hard process and I am so happy that the outcome was so good. Hooray for Doc C!

February 13, 2009 at 12:07 PM
ash said...

By the way, just out of curiosity, did the current job make a counter offer?

I ask mainly for the folks who have been following the ongoing saga. Because I think you are right: when you get so caught up in the process of trying to get to somewhere else, you forget that where you are is still an option. Did they play that option?

February 13, 2009 at 12:09 PM
Dr. Crazy said...

Congratulations! I'm so happy for you!

February 13, 2009 at 12:11 PM
life_of_a_fool said...


(and I love brigindo's comment on your last teaser post).

February 13, 2009 at 12:57 PM
Sisyphus said...

Congratulations! Keep us posted on all the packing/moving/reloc details!

February 13, 2009 at 6:14 PM
Brigindo said...

Yippee! and congratulations. It does sound pretty wonderful.

February 13, 2009 at 11:18 PM
Notorious Ph.D. said...

Doctor, You rock. Two job offers, and one that you love comes through. Now we'll all be tuning in for your chronicles of life as a lame-duck professor.

February 14, 2009 at 1:24 PM
Anonymous said...

Hooray, Dr C! It's wonderful -- positively amazing, in fact -- to encounter a happy job market story here on the academic interwebs. You give me a small dose of optimism about the whole insane process. I hope that Job 2 will turn out to be just the right spot for you. I'm looking forward to following along as you make the big move.

February 14, 2009 at 9:41 PM
Dr. Curmudgeon said...

Thanks, everyone!

I'm still a bit shell-shocked from the whole torrent that this week has been. I'm trying to shift from that to a controlled celebration so I don't feel like I've checked out on things here as there's lot to be done between now and whenever I actually hit the road.

February 14, 2009 at 11:17 PM
Psych Post Doc said...

Congratulations. I'm so happy for you, it's great to hear about job market successes in this climate.

February 15, 2009 at 9:16 AM