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I have a dilemma. As most of you know, last year I accepted a new position within the government. Over the past year, I have learned a ton. My boss is amazing. I love all the people that I work with. I am growing a lot in the position each day.
On top of that, my position allows me the ability to potentially go overseas. In turn, this would allow me the ability to retire at the age of 50, with a really nice pension.
My wife and I have been mentally preparing ourselves to go overseas with both excitement and anxiety.
Admittedly, there are times when I am super geeked to go overseas. There are also days when I can’t imagine taking my kiddos away from their grandparents, especially since they usually get to see both sides at least once a week.
Additionally, my Reaching FIRE course has just started to gain traction. More and more people are signing up by the day. I want to thank all those who have already signed up. For those who are mulling over the decision, just do it!
As the course takes off and other churches show interest in my teaching services, there is a part of me that wonders if going overseas is the right decision.
An Enticing Door Open
When I received a phone call last Wednesday, out of the blue, asking if I would be interested in applying for my dream job as a financial counselor, within the government, I was floored.
The person who informed of this job opening had hinted in the past that she may be nearing retirement last year, but when she did not retire, I just figured that job would not be available for me for a while.
In speaking with her, she had nothing but positive things to say about the job, the management team in place, and the clients who she serves.
On top of that, she shared all the opportunities to modernize the movement of financial information and how I could actually tailor my Reaching FIRE course to the government.
The whole time I was talking to her, I had a smile on my face as I thought, “How cool would this be. Heck, I’m doing all this stuff for free right now, and they’re willing to pay me to do this. Where do I sign up?”
But then I started to think about it more deeply. There are a couple of small caveats that make me hesitate.
Decrease In Pay
The position would be a downgrade in my pay by about $12,000 a year. While money is not my #1 priority, I think we would feel the lack, especially now that we have two kiddos.
No Head Room
On top of that, there would never be any head room to move up. Once I accept the position, I would be virtually stuck in that position level for the undetermined future.
A Burnt Bridge
In addition, if I leave my current position, I would not have the ability to get back into my current office. My manager took a risk bringing me on. While I’ve done well, I’m sure he would hesitate bringing me back knowing that I had already burned him once by leaving.
Finally, I also think about the challenges and growth that I’ve experienced in my current position. I have been stretched and groomed into an even more effective leader. However, I know that I still have room for growth. I do wonder if being in a position where I am completely comfortable will cause me to remain stagnant.
Sure, I would thoroughly enjoy the work. I’d probably jump out of bed each day. But, it is possible that the work might become boring, or even worse, that I’ll regret passing the opportunity to go overseas, which would lead to greater leadership positions in the future.