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a deer stuck in headlights

September 8th, 2009 at 01:23 am

So, I know I have blogged a few times about this, and I know that I never take any steps to address the problem. As the title suggests, I feel like I am a deer stuck in the bright headlights of an oncoming car; I cannot make a decision to move, and I don't know which way to move either.

I am still at a loss as to what 'path' i choose to take job-wise.

The reason I have begun thinking about this again is because the baker at work looks like he is about to quit. I have been hearing 'rumours' (namely, my boss telling me). And so I have been thinking about things. My boss was telling me how he would have to hire another baker. Things would be exactly the same as before (except that maybe the place might be a bit cleaner!). My colleague T (who is a close friend) is worried she will lose her night shifts if our boss hires someone else, as my colleague is a weird child that likes to start work at midnight. I'm not particularly worried about my place at work; it will not change.

But! I have been thinking, that possibly I could become the other baker. Maybe? I'm not sure. I know I could do it and I know I could learn bread production pretty fast. DF doesn't want me to work night shifts for many reasons - but I know I would not have to do many, as T would absolutely love to have ALL night shifts. So I would probably only have to do 2, or 3 at the most.

This would all involve me becoming an apprentice, instead of a 'hobby chef' which I am now (explanation: an apprentice gets a qualification at the end of the term, which for me would be 18 months, it is normally 4 years. A hobby chef gets a higher rate of pay but no qualification - and is employed under normal circumstances, not under a 'term' or contract). It would see my wage go from $435 for 22 hours a week, to possibly $250 for 38 hours a week. I would still have to work my other job ($270 for 15 hours a week). So I would be working 53 hours a week for $685, instead of currently working 37 hours for $705.

The other direction I could take would be a bachelor of commerce. It would probably also see me decrease my earnings for the next four years (and increase debt Frown).

I would be doing the course via distance, so I would still be able to work. I would probably do part time for 6 months, save up some money, then do full time for 6 months, etc etc. NO, I am not going to an on campus university. I can't even begin to explain why I don't want to. And YES I know about the workload and difficulty of an online course.


So I guess it all comes down to me deciding what to do, which is the real problem. I know in my heart, I prefer a job where I am 'doing' things, as opposed to sitting. But the earning capacity is also very different, which throws another ball in the court. If I became a baker/pastry chef, my goal would be my own business. If I became an accountant/financial planner/analyst - I can get a salary job OR use the knowledge to own a business. So I guess the common goal is my own business - which would most likely be in the food industry anyway.
I am not one of those people that must have a certain job. I put up with things; I find things I enjoy in any of the jobs I have had, I know that I would be relatively happy with anything really.

So I guess I don't really know what I want to do, and none of this 'thinking on paper' has helped! True to form, I will probably blog about this again in another 4-6 months Big Grin

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4 Responses to “a deer stuck in headlights”

  1. homebody Says:

    I'm 51 and still having the same dilemma. Does it every go away? Should I just stick with what I am doing, medical transcription or do a distance coding certification? At your age, you may want to do a few more things. Maybe you should do the baking now and the finance later??

    And remember, not making a decision IS a decision.

  2. whitestripe Says:

    i know, but i don't think i want my decision to be not making a decision, because then i will feel lazy and unaccomplished because i know if i had made a decision i could have a defined job-role.

  3. baselle Says:

    Don't be embarrassed that you prefer 'doing' to sitting. It sounds like you want to be a baker for you, and financial planner because it sounds like a career to everyone else.

    People have to eat every day; as a baker, when you do a good job, you can see the results of your work and you can make people happy every day. As an accountant/ financial planner, you rarely see the results of your work, and only make people happy when stocks are up, or they make it through audit or tax season.

    The world always needs another baker. Another financial planner? Not so much.

  4. boomeyers Says:

    It is good you are thinking about this now, before the other baker quits. If you are really thinking about the baking job, I would leave it up to karma. IF the other baker quits, it is your chance to inquire about the job. IF they respond positively to you taking it, then move forward on it. Just a thought!

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