I have a dilema. The library where I work 32 hrs/week has just opened a job at another desk. It’s one of the only non-circulation positions that does not require an MLS, so I am eligible with my bachelor’s degree. The pay is between $15 and $22/hr, depending on the experience the candidate has. I currently earn $12/hr at the circulation desk.
The dilema is that I love the people I work with at circulation. We’re like a group of sisters with a couple mothers thrown in, and we have a fantastic time together. No matter who’s on the schedule, you know it’ll be a good day. In the three years I’ve worked at the library, I’ve made a point to get to know everyone in all the departments, and the circulation desk is by far the most fun-loving group of employees. I know everyone at the department I’m considering, and get along with all of them, but try as I might, I have never been able to build much of a rapport with the two supervisors – I’m not sure if anyone has. One of them actually referred to me as “just a shelver” a few years ago when she was introducing me to a new employee. One is polite but very shy, and just doesn’t talk much at all. The other is talkative, but not the most pleasant person I’ve come across.
The other employees in that department are fine, and I know I would get along with everyone there, since I already see them every day and we know each other. It just wouldn’t be the same as working with the circulation staff.
I estimate that I would probably earn about $18/hr if I got the job, given my library experience. That would be almost a $10,000/year raise. I would work pretty much the same hours, and get the same benefits.
So, is it worth it? That’s the question I’m debating with myself. $10,000/year would be sweet. It would fully fund both our Roth IRAs. And I would still enjoy my job, since I love working in the library. But it wouldn’t be as much fun as the circulation desk, and I’m wondering how much “fun” is worth when it comes to a job.
What would you do?