I have been a consultant to the Government for many years now and decided to apply for a permanent Technical Director position. I made the final three but I found out today that they have had the sheer audacity to give it to someone who is better qualified with more experience. The cads. The new chap starts tomorrow and will wonder why I glare at him when he has done nothing wrong at all. In fact, worse, he’s probably nice.
If I had got the job, I would have had more job security and a step in seniority. In return, I would’ve had a lower income, fewer days of vacation, and poorer health insurance. So losing this race is a mixed professional blessing.
Except I’ve now realized that the significant extra income for the next few years provides my wife an easier decision: she can decide if living downstairs in the basement is inconvenient enough that she’ll move out completely. She is considering a job offer that offers a better career path for her.
Perhaps soon I will know how this affects the path for me and my struggling girls.