OT - Contemplating a serious career move
Completely off topic but I wanted some impartial opinions (seems like everyone in my life has a partial one).
Years ago I was laid off from a highly paid professional position. I was recently married, H was making enough to support us both at a really rough time for me. I have always been hardworking and self supporting. Jobs were scarce enough with the economy and my particular profession was worse off than most. Eventually, I found what I would describe as an entry level job in a completely new field. Think like finance, but for two completely different kinds of entity. I kept this job because we had decided to start a family and there was a lot of flexibility. Since then I have been working at a lower level than my capacity becuase I am the primary caretaker for our two toddlers.
My current job is great. The pay is decent for the work I do, my bosses are great and I have whatever flexibility I want.... but in my office is a micromanaging b!tch who has been with the company since it's start and didn't realize I was smarted than her when she hired me. Like I said, I have this job because its flexible - I am grossly overqualified. This coworker is controlling and rude. More than that, she does her job terribly and my bosses do not know because they are so nonconfrontational that she controls them as well. I have pointed out many business ending mistakes to them behind her back, they will say they want to get rid of her but do not. They make slight changes though, enough to let her know that I have been talking to them and make a nice, competative, always looking for a mistake of mine to point out no matter how insignifigant. Its like telling someone they have cancer and need to aggressively remove it, but the patient doesn't like confrontation so they just nicely ask the cancer not to spread.
Recently, just for fun, I put my resume out to a few jobs more along the level of where I should be. I interviewed for all of them and was given several offers. One is among the most highly innovative and well respected firms in this area. They made me an offer that would more than double my income. I would have to work a full time week, where now I work only 30 hours, but they are flexible knowing I have children. Long story short, with both of my girls I was back to work within a week of their births. I took them to the office in baby slings and became somewhat well know in the field for what I was capable of doing while wearing a newborn. Lol. This new company had heard of me and offered me some flexibility upfront.
Doubling my annual income is great. We are not struggling, but we have goals. My kids will be in school soon and I never wanted my whole career to be only "mom". I could grow here, but I would be leaving my cozy space. I am so torn, its hard to explain... instead of being excited and patting myself on the back when they offered me the job it was almost like my heart sank.