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Torn Between

Basically I have to quit my job for the summer because I plan on doing a lot of traveling and summer school, which I totally justify since I have never really traveled much before and want to seize the opportunity, plus I hate my job and was going to look for a new one anyways. However, I am then faced with a pickle. I will have my masters degree in November (hopefully) so then might have more job options open to me (more in location than in education level). So…

Options for quitting my job:

1) I quit in June and look for a new job for July/Augustish

2) I quit in June but ask to come back part time through November (If all goes according to plan, I will have my masters by Thanksgiving). And find a new job in November/December. This way I’m not limited to just finding a job in Chicago. Part of me defiantly wants to stay, I’ll miss everyone too much 🙁 But I might be able to find something better if I move somewhere else. Admittedly, I am also frustrated and angry, and sad lately which often makes me think of picking up and starting a new life somewhere. Or maybe I could find a temp job in the city (I’ll probably be taking classes in Lincoln Park so I’d have to leave early if I was working at the RE/MAX, hence part of the reason for part time) until November.


3) I quit my job in June then take extra computer classes and work on my writing until November then have more options. Since starting my job over a year and a half ago I have been so worn out to think too much about my novel. I mean, I know it’s a long shot to even think about it ever getting published, but it’s even more so of a long shot if I’m not working on it. Plus since I would be taking two classes at DePaul plus at least one more class somewhere else, it would be like I was in school full time then. There are a couple of programs I’d really like to learn and would probably help me get a better job.

4) I just try to get fired and collect unemployment (haha, not the best option I suppose).

Some things to consider:

1) I probably don’t need my masters degree to find the type of jobs I would want (I am defiantly finishing it, but I could find a new local job without it mattering if I had one or not).

2) I’m scared of everything.

3) My main goals in life don’t really center on having a full time job. However, jobs pay bills and I am not in the position to make a living without a full time job. (I can live with it as I have very few expenses at the moment).

4) I should have a years salary (granted my salary sucks, but still) in savings (even after Europe, etc.).

5) I am probably traveling for at least a month this summer, plus my best friends wedding, plus summer school which is why I will have to quit in June.

6) I’ll be in school the whole time, so that counts for something.

7) Not working from mid June through mid November will be almost half a year of unemployment (I didn’t really realize that until just now, eep!). Scary.

8) I’m not sure if my company will go for me asking to come to work part time.

So, do I crawl back to my job after a thrilling summer? Do I forget everything for a while and just try to follow my dreams? Do I stay in Chicago or try to brave it out there alone in the world? I more so wrote this out for myself to try to sort through my options (like it hadn’t occurred to me that not having a job until November was a very long time of being unemployed), but since I am bad at making decisions for myself, someone tell me what to do.


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Hi, I'm Val. I spent most of my 20s in a standstill, unable to pick which path in life I wanted to take. I wanted the nomadic life of a traveler but also wanted the husband, the condo, and the kitten. Unable to decide which life I wanted more, I did nothing. When I turned 30 I’d had enough of putting my life on hold and decided to start “choosing my figs.” So, I quit my job, bought a one-way ticket to Europe, and traveled for three years. Now I'm back in Chicago, decorating my apartment in all the teal, petting my cats, and planning my next adventure.

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  • Aaron Potacki
    March 31, 2006at6:30 am

    I generally advise against being unemployed for more than a couple of months. While its certainly fun, it could cause problems when applying for future jobs. Regardless, its more important you enjoy your trip!

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