I’ve been at my new job for a little over a month now. Just last week, I got a phone call from a company I interviewed with prior to starting my new job; they wanted me to offer me a job. I don’t know what exit I took but I ended up in the land of opportunity. Had I known that I would be offered not one, not two, but three jobs within a span of two months, I may have quit my job a long time ago.
I spent the weekend analyzing my options. Sadly if the job offer had come in just six weeks ago, I’d have taken it. Prior to working for nonprofit, I wouldn’t have known anything other than corporate. I would have accepted the offer and started another stressful 8–5 job. I would have worked the long hours hoping someone would notice me among the sea of faces. But instead I turned the job down and decided to stay where I am.
I like being a big fish in a small pond. I like having my skills noticed. And I love all the extra holidays and vacation time.
Two months ago, I was a career climber. I was once told by a friend that they could see me as a CEO. That’s not me anymore. The amount of money I make means nothing to me. When I was thinking about all the travel plans I have and all the time I need off to spend with my family, the choice was made for me. I don’t want to spend another five years at a company waiting to earn three weeks vacation. I don’t want to have to beg to leave early one day because I have tickets to a baseball game. Working for a nonprofit has shown me that there are still decent people in the world that just want to help others.
So it was hard to turn down the job offer, but I feel good knowing that my résumé is getting noticed and if I need to get back out there, I have no doubt that I’m employable.