A Real Career to Support My Family

The new job is great. My boss respects me. My compensation structure makes sense (lower base than last job, but substantial room for bonus and stock appreciation.) The team works together well and everyone plays their part. Why, then, am I still so concerned about the future?

It’s not this job. It’s still this career. Being in a larger company is helping… but I’m still extremely stressed everyday, feeling like I don’t know what I’m doing. I know I need to hang on for four years in this job, to build that stability profile, to capture the value of the stock, to really add value to my company’s business. My objective is to be a wonderful employee. I don’t plan to ever ask for a raise, or anything more than what I have now. I just want to survive and be known as an asset to the business.

Even if I can survive those four years, what’s next? This role is special because my boss knows me from a prior company and that’s why he values my contributions and position. My actual communications skills are not vastly improving…. I’m not learning skills that are applicable to other workplaces… which is fine for now, but I don’t see where this is heading. Do I need to? I’m now 34, in a mid-level role, and to others probably look quite successful. But this type of job is not sustainable – not for the next 30 years until I retire.

So, as I embark on this pregnancy and having-kid journey, I also am trying to figure out how to set the foundation for a longer-term career change. I’m committed to this role for the next four years, and if I play my cards right this should give me time to build out my next life. The only question is – what is it?

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  1. SP says:

    why is the job unsustainable?

    My job doesn’t have a clear advancement path, and I’m happy with that. I do think I have a sustainable job and minor, long term steps “up”

  2. Steveark says:

    I’m missing something, why isn’t your next step earning your boss’s job and then his boss’s job? I don’t think I’d consider taking or keeping a full time job if I didnt see a clear path to top leadership, unless it was a very temporary bridge to some other goal. If you have to have a job then why not go ahead and shoot for the best paying one with the most personal control?

    1. Joy ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      It doesn’t quite work like that in my field. I’m not shooting for the top anymore. It is not a role I want or would be good at. My objective is merely to maintain the status quo for as long as possible to save up to change careers to a lower paying, yet more satisfying job that is a better fit. Unfortunately I do not see any path up in my field or even any path keeping this level in another organization with the same pay.

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