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  1. nealjpage

    nealjpage multi format master in a film geek package

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    Do I take a new job in the Portland, Oregon metro area or stay where I am? My current employer is willing to match salary...
     
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    Loyalty is rewarded sometimes in the job market.
     
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    doing the same thing?

    what's it like in Portland?

    Is it far from where you live now?

    Do you like your current boss?

    what is the meaning of life?
     
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    uh...why are you asking us?
    Is it the same work?
    Do you like your boss?
    Do you like what you're doing?

    If yes...to those...then just stay. No point in driving or moving.
     
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    pros and cons, neil... pros and cons!
     
  6. nealjpage

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    I'm a city planner and currently work for the City of Grants Pass, which is a community of about 30,000 "souls" in southern Oregon. I moved out here two years ago to take this position and have enjoyed the job and my coworkers quite a lot.

    I applied for a job in the Portland metro area and, to my surprise, got an offer. It's not a bad one, being a planner for the City of Tualatin, which is a suburb. I'd be doing similar work.

    For those of you that've been to Portland, you don't need me to tell you what a great place it is. I'm 29 and currently live in a retirement community and feel like if I don't get out now, I never will. Anyone else been in a similar situation?
     
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    Go man, you've got nothing to lose. When you have career opportunities, it is a bad move to not jump on them. Build your resume that way. I'm not saying change jobs every 6 months... but every 3-5 years can be a good thing depending on your field. Hiring managers will not see that as flakey, putting in a couple years and moving up... Just make sure thats the case. Lateral movement too many times can look bad.

    It sounds to me like this is a better job with more responsibility. You enjoy the city... I think maybe your mind is already made up.

    and retirement community??? lol
     
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    Well... the same but way different! lol

    I was in business with my father and brother for around 5 years and frankly, I felt like I carried them (it was a painting company that offered remodeling services. My dad was old school painting contractor, brother was a white collar worker in a blue collar field and I did all things remodeling and most (85%) of the marketing and cold calling). I decided to leave that company (I had a third of the stock in) and go out on my own.

    I (here's where you need to know this about me. I am a Christian and feel very strongly about my faith, so, I did put faith in God and ask questions and argued a bit about the decision.) struggled and struggled with my decision and one day I simply ask myself "Do you want to stay or go?" I had a clear, precise answer in my head immediately that said "Go."

    Basically, I followed my heart and left my family business. It's been almost 9 years now on my own and I'm only 38 now.

    I think the questions you need to ask should be directed to the guy you see in the mirror. Good luck. I feel for you... I've been there.
     
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    i say get out and try something new then. You don't wanna get stuck in that retirement place
     
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    Which one has (better) benefits?
     
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    I'd go out on a limb and guess that since he's going from one city to another as a city planner, then he probably works for the state government. Probably the same benifits?
     
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    You've got it, Hawk. Not a state government, but one city to another. Very similar benefits. One gives a few more days off, but that's about it; not enough to make or break the decision for me.

    Blah. I thought people fighting over me would be fun. It's not as exciting as I first thought.:er:
     

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