Hi All. I am a long time member but don't post much anymore. I have a bit of a dilemma and am struggling to make a decision so i thought i would ask for some opinions. I know no one can answer for me etc just interested in what others have done or would do.
I am returning to work after 3yrs being a stay at home mum. I have two job offers and can't decide between them.
One is 2 days a week but an hour commute by train. The people i have met in the management team at this job are lovely and i really clicked with them and felt on board with their values. The pay is really good for my industry but it is only two days a week, with the possibility of picking up extra ad hoc shifts covering leave. it is only a 12 month contract position. If another position comes up in that time they would be a really good company to work for and don't often have positions advertised externally. At 2 days a week DH would also work some part time/casual work and look after our children on the days i am at work. Budget wise we would JUST make ends meet. But if i was to get a full time job in the future with them we would be quite comfortable, i would of course then be commuting everyday though. The two days a week would allow me to have more time with my children and br an easier transition but to work but at a finacial cost to the family.
The other job is 5 mins from home. It doesn't pay nearly as well but it is full time so allows finacial security and we would have a few hundred dollars a fortnight left after bills. My DH would be the full time stay at home parent. The job doesn't offer RDOs and is a lot more work and in a less pleasing environment. If it wasn't so close to home i wouldn't be interested in it. Not having a commute time means i am home nearly an extra 2 hours a day than the other job, but this one is full time.
I will add i have never commuted on a regular basis. The commute wiuld be a 15 min walk to the train station, 40min train ride, 5 min walk to work. I have no problem with trains.