Dilemma....

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    Apr 28, 2012 9:44 AM GMT
    I have been trying not to post weird dilemma based threads, but I have a career based dilemma, and I think typing this out (and maybe getting feedback) might help me analyze more objectively.

    I have already posted that I left a career in banking two years ago to begin a career as a college instructor. My life has completely turned around. I am happy, my health is greatly improved, etc...

    Summer is vastly approaching and my summer classes aren't going to make - which means I will have this vast opening of time and a vast void of income.

    Which brings me back to my former job. I got a call yesterday that a prominent member of the department I used to work for at the bank resigned to take a job at a competing bank. I'm not sure if it's law or policy, but if you're going to work for a competing bank, you are escorted out the door that day. This has left that department in a complete lurch.

    Now, from what I've heard that bank is in the depths of hell at the moment. Shit has broken loose. I am so thankful I am not there anymore. However, since I am needing some summer income and I have the training and skills that could help them, there is a small part of me that is considering calling my former supervisor and asking if she would like me to come in 2 or 3 times a week and help them out while they are transitioning. I could certainly use the money and I don't think the drama would phase me too much because I have a great full-time career that would be unaffected.

    Am I setting myself up something I would regret? That's the question.
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    Apr 28, 2012 10:32 AM GMT
    You've worked there before.
    You already know what to expect.
    The best part is that you have your teaching career.
    So, you can offer your services at the bank, over the summer months.
    If they accept, great.
    And, if you can't stand to work there, even for a couple of months, you can quit.

    That said, you should get in the habit of saving a portion of your teaching salary to be used to pay expenses during those two months that you'll be off, every summer. Then, you can enjoy that nice long stretch of time off, and have peace.
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    Apr 28, 2012 10:38 AM GMT
    Is it possible to teach a summer course at a different local college?

    I mean, if you really need the cash, maybe just go work for your old boss as a contract consultant. Just be sure to clearly define the scope of your work, the hours you'll be working, and the length of the contract. And be sure to charge a lot of money for your consulting fees. icon_wink.gif As a 1099, you'll be responsible for your own taxes and miscellaneous expenses.
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    Apr 28, 2012 11:27 AM GMT
    I am set up to receive some of my income over the summer, so I won't be totally without, but I do rely on my extra teaching income from summer courses.

    I tried to see if there were any summer courses at the college I used to teach and it's too late.

    I could stay with my parents on the days I would be in the other town.

    I was planning on using the summer income to help me do a few things - like I had someone back into my car in the parking lot of the grocery store. I need to pay my deductible to get it fixed... I have a few odds and ends like that which I need to take care of this summer if possible.

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    I may just be reacting to my financial woes this past week.
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    Apr 28, 2012 11:38 AM GMT
    I don't think it would be a problem going back and helping them and earn some money as long as there was agreement as to what the bounds are. For example, you are offering your services, not guaranteeing results or taking on responsibilities for the overall success.
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    Apr 28, 2012 11:40 AM GMT
    Your call, but given how much you have taken control of your life since you left that job, I'd say avoid it going back to the bank.

    Drama is contagious. Drowning people panic and overwhelm those who try to rescue them. I would certainly have a hard time keeping from being caught up in their mess.

    Is there no potentially lucrative project you've had on the back burner? Maybe you could spend the summer working on that and have chance at earning some of what you've lost?

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    Apr 28, 2012 1:00 PM GMT
    Well I could use a tutor if u kno wut I mean. ;*
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    Apr 28, 2012 3:50 PM GMT
    If in your position, I'd take the job as a part-time and/or on contract. I dont think that there should be any conflict as there is a 2 year gap. But I've never been in the banking industry so I cant be sure if that an issue. I dont think there is anything wrong in leveraging your past skills to earn some extra income. You've taken control of your live and made a career change. I did that 10years ago. So I feel it is unlikely you'll get sucked in back to your previous job, if that a worry. Just make sure that the bank clearly knows how much time you are willing to put in and when you wont be available anymore and thats on your contract.
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    May 09, 2012 11:15 PM GMT
    I thought I would post an update.

    I did send my old boss a polite e-mail and offered to help out a couple of days a week if she thought she needed it to help train a new person. She e-mailed me back and thanked me but said that she had already hired a replacement with good experience and didn't think she needed the help, but she would keep it in mind.

    She called me today in a panic. Apparently, the person she hired fell through and she does need me to come in and help train the new person she is going to hires.

    So, I did something that is complete out of the character of the old me. I lined out the specific terms and expectations - including what I expected to be paid. I did not sell myself short this time.

    She called back and accepted my terms, cleared it with HR and was just waiting final approval form the bank president.

    So, I am feeling better about my summer prospects. icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 09, 2012 11:18 PM GMT
    What's a "replal cement?" icon_razz.gif

    In other news, congrats! <3 icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 09, 2012 11:28 PM GMT
    mayBbignow saidWhat if they dont pay you enough? What if they give you too many hours? What if you cant quit the job at the end of the summer?
    Dont take this as word but as a consideration.



    I have already outlined all of those terms and expectations. So, I know the hours, money, etc. They know I have a career I love and they are willing to give me the flexibility I need. If there's too much drama and I don't want to stay - I just walk out the door.

    I will just be providing some training for the person who they hire that will take the job full-time.
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    May 09, 2012 11:30 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidWhat's a "replal cement?" icon_razz.gif

    In other news, congrats! <3 icon_biggrin.gif



    I thought everyone knew what a replal cement was.... I shouldn't have to explain it...

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    (Or it was an odd typo that I corrected)
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    May 10, 2012 12:21 AM GMT
    Is descending into hell worth your health?
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    May 10, 2012 12:31 AM GMT
    GAMRican saidIs descending into hell worth your health?


    I don't think I am going to sacrifice my health. I am a lot more assertive now, and besides - if I start seeing that it's a bad idea - I will leave. I have not real stake in staying. We'll see. I will let you all know next week if I come to regret it. It's only for a couple of days a week, so it's not like it's full-time. I am thinking that it will only make me value my full-time career more. icon_lol.gif

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    May 17, 2012 2:43 PM GMT
    Well, I spent a couple of days working back at the bank.

    There is supposed to be a bunch of tension, but I haven't really felt it yet. - I honestly think it's because I really don't care about the drama anymore and I know if something didn't work out - I can leave.

    I was able to negotiate a nice pay rate and have the flexibility to choose when I come in and work.

    It seems to be working out great so far.

    Oh, and these people have known me for many years and most of them did not recognize me at all.

    lol...
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    May 17, 2012 2:52 PM GMT
    onaquest said

    Oh, and these people have known me for many years and most of them did not recognize me at all.


    Wow. Changes on multiple levels. icon_smile.gificon_smile.gificon_smile.gif
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    May 17, 2012 3:06 PM GMT
    I don't see a problem. If you go back, it's temporary, you know you aren't there permanently, only 2 or 3 days a week ...and you are getting money.
    Remember this, if you hate it or if it causing you undue tension, just quit.... what the hell!

    The difference is, you are in control of the situation and you can pitch it at any time. Perhaps the positive nature of your teaching position can be reinforced by events at the bank..... and look at it positively, maybe you can help those bank people and they will appreciate the time and effort you are going to put in by helping them out.

    Let us know what happens!
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    May 17, 2012 3:07 PM GMT
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    mayBbignow saidWhat if they dont pay you enough? What if they give you too many hours? What if you cant quit the job at the end of the summer?
    Dont take this as word but as a consideration.

    You've taken control of your live and made a career change.
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    May 17, 2012 3:07 PM GMT
    showme said
    onaquest said

    Oh, and these people have known me for many years and most of them did not recognize me at all.


    Wow. Changes on multiple levels. icon_smile.gificon_smile.gificon_smile.gif



    Heheheh, I knew it! Oh to be a fly on the wall when you walked it.
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