by Torski Dobson-Arnold
I’m working for a media company in New York. Although I don’t know if the company or my job will exist forever, I can be sure that the mid-term prospect is stable for now. The job could be around at least for five years, or even 10 years.
And then I saw an advertisement for my “dream job” online. It seems interesting and directly in line with my next career move. The job is in California and I have wanted to move to California for a long time now when it suits my professional pursuits. However, reviewing the ad more closely, it reads “This is a 12-month based contract position.” Now I’m not sure if I should apply for this job, as it doesn’t say whether there is an extension possibility. I am married and have a son to care for so I have to take this into consideration when making any career moves.
Your advice is greatly appreciated.
I believe that professionally, we live in a world and labor market where nothing, a company nor a job, will exist forever. If this is a dream opportunity that you are looking at, I would suggest that you pursue it. Take this opportunity to gather more information on whether or not the contract has the option to be extended or even become permanent. If nothing else, apply and see what happens. The worst thing you can do is nothing and then have regrets later should your company or job be eliminated or downsized. You would hate then to spend a lot of time playing the “I shoulda, woulda, coulda” game with yourself. Take a chance and let the cards fall where they may. I hope this helps!
Torski Dobson-Arnold, The Career Confidence Coach
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