Friday, October 29, 2010

considerations

Let's say a job became available in a place where you would really love to live. Everything else about the other job: nature of the position, type and ranking of the institution, was almost exactly the same as your current position.

Would you apply?

Or, perhaps rephrased: is it always a bad idea to apply for other jobs pre-tenure, particularly when you're happy in your current position but wouldn't mind living somewhere else?

3 comments:

Bardiac said...

Yes, you should apply.

If you get an offer, then you have a hard decision, maybe :)

Dr. Cynicism said...

Hmmm... pros and cons for sure. Word spreads quickly out there when it comes to "looking around." Or so I hear, so be prepared for that. I feel as though the job should afford something a bit more than just location, but hell, I don't know what I'm talking about :-)

Best of luck!!!

Liberal Arts Lady said...

I also worry mainly about the "word getting out" aspect of applying. And Dr. Cyn, fair point - this would also be a place with a lot more options for Partner, who is currently doing very labor-intensive work and has no viable options for the upcoming point when he decides he can't do such a physical job any more. I feel like it's a valid two-body issue and therefore I shouldn't feel bad about applying to one or two jobs that come up that are potentially good fits for both of us. But I still worry about the potential of this kind of thing hurting my tenure bid later on.