Last week I had a job interview. It went well. Little Miss G had a great time with a nanny she didn't really know and I felt excited. If I find the right job and the right nanny, life is going to be good and it would be nice to earn money again.
On Tuesday at 5am Little Miss G woke up with a bad cough and that was the day of my second interview. At 8:00 the same "borrowed" nanny arrived and at 10:00 I was giving it my "best shot" in my second interview. I did well and they actually admitted that they were confident that I could start there tomorrow and do a good job. I rushed home and I got a call from the job. My salary, a reflection of my experience, was a problem as they could nowhere near match it. They asked me to have a think and get back to them.
I did not have much time to think because by 5pm I was at the doctor with a lethargic baby in a full blown asthma attack. Her heart was beating way too fast, her chest was struggling to get air and A&E was seriously considered by the doctors. The steroids did the trick and 24 hours later Little Miss G was on the mend, yet again.
I emailed "the job" on Tuesday night to say that I would compromise to their salary offer, which would be a big pay cut, but only for a 4 days week. I talked it through in length with Mr H and a good friend of mine in the industry. We all agreed that taking their salary for 5 days a week would leave me with not a lot in my pocket after the cost of a nanny and that, in itself, would become a very demotivating factor. Let alone the fact that I would be earning what I was earning 4-5 years ago, which really wouldn't feel good.
Today I got the call. They were very professional and actually lovely, but they said that I am overqualified or too senior for the role. Probably true. Even if they pushed the salary, the job itself would not provide me with enough challenges. Probably true. They were very impressed by meeting me and they will keep my CV in mind should anything more senior come around. I hope this is possibly true.
I am feeling a bit strange right now. Having experienced what would be like to have to rush into work when the baby is sick, I feel OK about waiting a bit longer to find something. At the same time having seen what a good nanny can do and how Miss G could actually benefit from not being around me all day long, I am now slightly more keen to start working again that I was before this experience. I have to admit it, I have enjoyed putting a nice dress on and "being back in the game". There is a part of me that really misses it now.
So, here are my questions. I think I know the answers, but I would honestly like to hear your thoughts. Honestly. Should have I accepted a big pay cut on my first interview (admittedly for an amazing company)? Are we in a financial situation whereby people are taking these big pay cuts to have a job? How would I feel doing a job that is admittedly more junior than my experience and that doesn't make me all that wealthy, if at all?
Please do feel free to tell me what you think. If you think I have been foolish to stick to my guns, please say so politely as I might be a bit fragile to hear it in harsh terms. Anyway, it's Friday and I am going out tonight and forgetting all about it! I have 6 wonderful lady bloggers to meet and they all seem like a hip and creative bunch. Amazing food is on the menu too, so I hope that by 8 pm tonight I would have forgotten that call, I will let you know...