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(Warning: this is kind of long but please bear with me!) So I have a predicament and would appreciate any opinions and advice from y’all. Here’s the scenario:
I started a government job almost 2 months ago. It wasn’t my first choice of job but I took it to get my foot in the door. It pays ok and has a good career ladder over the next couple years. I am also enjoying the people I work with. The agency hired about 250 people in the last 6 months so there are a lot of newbies like me. The cons are that I’m really bored so far and I don’t know if the skill set I get from this position will help my future career. My supervisor told me to be patient with getting work but I look at my co-workers that have been there for a couple years and they look pretty bored too. There’s not a constant flow of work since it relies on purchases for the ships, planes, and helicopters. My job will be to track purchases through the Navy ERP system. I have completed about 90% of my training but haven’t had any hands on work to do yet.
Recently, I got called for a phone interview for another government job I had applied to before I accepted the offer for the job I’m in now (the government is pretty slow when it comes to hiring so I applied in March and am just now getting an interview). The phone interview went really well and I am going in for a face-to-face next week. It is 2 grades above the grade I am in now so it would equal a $10,000 raise. It is also the job I wanted to begin with and is something I have experience in and am very interested in. Since I am a newly licensed CPA, I will be needing to complete my required CPE within a year and this job pays for all of it. The CPE is actually a requirement of the job whether you are a CPA or not so the employees can keep up with all the new rules and regulations in the industry. In my current job, the CPA designation is not a requirement at all (heck, a master’s degree isn’t a requirement either but I have that too) so my agency wouldn’t help with CPE which means I would have to pay for it all on my own.
So my question: should I stay in my current job or switch to the new job? Since I have only been with my job for a couple months, I would feel like a huge jerk leaving and I really do like the people I work with. I feel like my biggest concern would be leaving my current job and being miserable at the new one and regretting my decision but I feel like the other job would be better for the career path that I have in mind and obviously the salary bump would be pretty nice too.
What are your thoughts on this? I may have left some details out so if you want more information or specifics, just let me know. Thanks so much in advance for your input 🙂