Well, I’m the Director of Housekeeping for a nursing home right now. I’m in training right now and I’m making $26,000 per year, and after training, it’ll go up to 28, or if I get into them, I can maybe get it to 30.
It’s a boring job. There isn’t anything interesting or engaging about it. It’s just a job and it’s with a company that’s looking for a dependable person. That’s me. In any case, it seems to be stable and there seems to be room for growth. I say this because the rather large corporation that owns these these nursing homes is growing in Michigan and, well, they’ll need people when they grow. When they grow, I go up (provided I keep my nose clean, which shouldn’t be any problem at all). A minus is that I’d have to act as a safety net and cover people in other locations (up to a 40 minute drive away at times. Yes, it’s not a GIANT deal, but it’s slightly annoying.)
Propect number two is an internship. I get word in about two weeks whether or not I get accepted. It’s about a 35 to 40 minute drive as well. It’s tech support for tax software. They’d train me, teach me tax law, all that fun stuff. I don’t know the pay just yet, but it looks like it’s a very laid back environment (with free access to an on-site gym and a web of people to interact with and do things with). After the internship, about 40% of people are accepted. This figure includes people that suck at the job not being asked back, people going to school, and people that don’t end up staying full time. Worst case scenario, it’d be an interesting time in which I’d learn new things. Yes, it’s tech support, but I derive pleasure in solving problems and fixing things. Additionally, I’m a very low stress guy and it’s very unlikely that I’d flip out at work.
My parents are pushing me to stay in the current job. They see this job as MUCH more secure. This is also true, because the tech support job is an internship (to start). My dad is convinced that this tech support job is exposed to outsourcing, even though this company has stayed in the area since its creation (in 1979) and is growing, for they’ve acquired smaller companies and bigger clients.
So, in any case, what are your opinions, oh wise Dopers? Are there things about the healthcare/nursing home business that I should know? What about tech support? What about taxes? Anything I forget to mention that I should know about?