I am a recent (2011) MSW graduate. Not counting a brief stint at a job from hell, I have been unemployed for over a year. Every day we are losing money from our savings, and we face taking out more loans this Fall if I don’t find work.
I have a job interview in 2 weeks that essentially fills all the requirements of my wish list. I would be working in a community I already have experience with and gaining a significant number of skills that would be directly applicable to advancing in my career. This type of thing is very hard to find, especially at the entry level. It is a small organization, so in addition to having sole responsibility for the organization’s development and fundraising activities, I would receive management experience by overseeing volunteers.
I think I have a very good chance at getting this job. It really could make a huge difference in my career over the long term.
The only drawback (other than low pay, of course): in perfect no-traffic conditions, it is a 1.5 hour drive. To me this means leaving two hours before I need to be there. I’ve already looked into public transit and due to the location of the organization that would add an extra hour to my commute. Driving is the only option.
We have already signed our lease for next year, so I don’t see us moving any closer.
However, this would only be temporary. The following year I will either be moving to another state or moving closer to this job.
Am I absolutely out of my mind for wanting to do this? Will I survive with NPR and audiobooks, or is this really a disaster waiting to happen?