BLUF: Input sought on a sticky situation that is completely my fault. But it seemed like a good idea at the time :)
Some of you may know that my position at a nature center was cut in some state budget slashing about a year ago, and I moved on to a new job in administration at a university on the east coast.
It's a very nice job (aside from having to wear a suit and sit on my duff all day). The students I work with are whip smart.
I recently discovered a dream job at a non-profit at the other side of the country. It combines entomology and social media, a great match for my interests and training. It may involve actually going outdoors again. And no suits!
So I applied. And they are really interested, and want to fly me out for an interview....AFTER they talk to my current boss. Who I didn't initially put as a reference,
BTW, but did put several other previous supervisors.
Also, current boss is scheduled to do my 1 year evaluation next week. 0_o
So....I am trying to figure out several things:
- Do I really want this dream job, and a 50% pay cut, at a non-profit in this economy?
- What if I connect them to my current boss for an interview, potentially burn that bridge, and then discover I don't like the new city or new bosses when I visit for the in person interview?
- Am I really ready to make a huge career transition like this at age 50?
I don't have any answers, just needed to think "out loud", if you will.
I am fairly certain I can explain to my current boss that this is not personal, but related to something I feel like is a calling. (if you can imagine being called to witness for insects :)
Anyway, words of wisdom welcome.