7/16/2007

Opinions Wanted

Should I accept the job offer and stay out here in L.A. (and possibly get my degree out here later) and work in the industry I've wanted to be a part of since I realized it existed, or should I head back to Omaha to finish my last year of school and finally get my degree in May 2008 and hope that there still might be a place for me here in 10 months?

Let the comments commence!

10 comments:

rose said...

I would take the job. If it didn't work out, UNO isn't exactly going anywhere...and it's something you hoped would happen when you took the internship. However, I think the best advice is to go with your gut. That's what I do, and look what it got me!

johnny said...

I've never been a big advocate of college. I would take the job...but what exactly would you be doing? If the job is in the industry you like, but you wouldn't enjoy the actual job, it wouldn't be worth it... I would rather have a job I love than a piece of paper from some old white men in omaha saying I completed enough classwork and gave them enough money to earn said piece of paper.

Anonymous said...

Does it pay enough for you to live in LA and get a degree there? That would be win-win. If forced to make a choice, I'd finish the degree in Omaha unless the job is too good to pass up.

Hell, look at TJ. His degree landed him a promotion. You said this company is small. How much room is there for advancement within? And if you lack a degree, how much chance is there getting a job at another company?

I can't really say. It's your shoes, I wear 12's.

-Ben

raptorpack said...

I agree with all comments so far. The main point being; does this job offer you enough to find a place and to live well enough where scraps of last weeks meal isn't your meal for the next 2 weeks? I could say the degree got me where I am, but in truth, I think it is the time I spent in Korea that got my foot in the door. It got me to a place where my degree did get me the job I wanted. I would also recommend finishing that degree. Putting so much time, money, and energy to be only 10 months away from finishing is a good motivator to cross the finish line.

You do have a hard decision. If they can guarantee a good wage, enough to probably finish out there, then you do have a win-win there. Or if they can guarantee a job in 10 months then you also have a win-win.

Brian said...

No offense to the other people that commented, but I think that a college degree is more than a mere "piece of paper" and find it hilarious that one would recommend taking the job without even knowing (a) what the job is, (b) what the job pays and (c)whether you even really enjoy working for this particular company.

Unfortunately, whether you believe it is fair or not, a college degree is now a minimum at most places of employment (other than possibly the food industry and entry level retail). Even if this particular company is willing to hire you without one, what about your next place of employment? What happens if you take the job, find out many years later that it was not what you were looking for (or the company folds...)? Do you really want to go back to school in your 30's? Would you even be able to if you had a family to support. While UNO is not "going anywhere", you know how difficult it is to go back once you have gotten out of the "student life"....

What is the job? What would you be doing? While it is in the industry, is it what you want to do (i.e., an usher at a movie theater is technically in the movie industry... are they going to pay you to be a professional gopher or are they going to pay you to write?). What is the pay? Los Angeles is incredibly expensive (like I would need to tell you!) and I have the feeling that you are not content to merely get by.

What about the company? Is it the type of place that you are happy working at? Do you think the company is sufficiently organized, funded and staffed to be successful? While you may be on the ground floor of something big, you could also be on the ground floor of inevitable failure.

My thought would be that it would have to be an incredibly amazing opportunity to not finish up what you started... You put a hell of a lot of effort to achieve what you have done at UNO and have sacrificied much to come this far.

Moreover, this is the first company you have been exposed to out there...wouldn't it make sense to explore other opportunities to make sure that you are not passing up something bigger and better?

If this job is not available in 9 months, others will be.

At the end of the day, I think that you know what you need to do.

Chip said...

Don't leave me to deal with Ross and Cody all by myself?

Ross said...

TAKE IT!!!! TAKE IT!!!! TAKE IT!!!

mick said...

As I said the other day - I feel like with a little effort you could do both. I would be willing to bet that most of your credits transfer. Get your degree from USC - just don't cheer for their football team.

Jennie said...

hmm... I agree will most these comments but mostly with Brian. I think the part I would emphasize is getting more info on the position and where it could lead. And I would check into USC's tranfer policy - you would be surprised to see how many credits DON'T transfer. And of course, the cost of living. It's insane, and you need to take it into consideration. If you got in a bind this time would you have the same options available now to be bailed out?

rainbowponi said...

if the job is what you want and pays you enough to live in l.a. take the frikkin job! what are you getting a degree for? i presume so you can get a good job. if this is your dream job snatch it before someone else does. and you can work on finishing your degree later, either at night school or end up having a company pay for the last year of school for you. having that degree doesn't guarantee you your dream job!