Sunday, January 13, 2008

Pros and Cons

So I'm thinking about changing jobs. Yes, for the most part, I enjoy the work I do in the dispatch center. But several things are starting to really wear me down, physically mentally and emotionally. There's a job posted here in Baker for a Parole & Probation Officer I. If I were to get this job, I would still be working for the county (which means having the exact same insurance coverage) and it would be a raise in pay, which is by no means a bad thing. But the idea of switching jobs kinda scares me right now. So I've decided to list the pros and cons that I know for each job, see how I feel after that, and see if I get any feed back from y'all. So here we go...

Dispatching Pros:

  • Enjoy being involved with law enforcement
  • Great leave time benefit
  • Lots of laughs
  • Satisfies my need for some adrenaline
  • Sometimes feel like I REALLY help people
  • Schedule allows for a 2 day work week every other week.
  • Have invested a year into learning this job.

Dispatching Cons:

  • Getting yelled at for mistakes
    Constantly feeling like my co workers are waiting for me to fail.
  • My decisions potentially having a life or death effect on peoples' lives.
  • Long hours and funky shifts that make it hard to do the things I love, like Young Life, theatre, and spending time with family/friends/my husband.
  • Feel like I can't excel at this job
  • No availability of a higher position to advance to.
  • Being stuck in one room for 12 hours straight.
  • Losing whole nights of sleep stressing about this job.
  • I have people's lives in my hands (that's a big one, had to say it twice).

P&P Pros:

  • Less sedentary of a job
  • Still working in law enforcement
  • Would mean a nice pay raise
  • Ability to advance to a Parole & Probation Officer II
  • Would get to work with people face to face
  • Less likely to be told that there's a 15% of the job that you can't be taught, you just have it or you don't, and that I might not have it.
  • Would get to use some of the skills that I learned working at the prison, which was a job I also enjoyed.
  • Would get to arrest people and possibly carry a firearm...yes, in my books, that IS a pro!
  • Would have the potential to help improve the quality of work done at the P&P office.
  • I already have a basic knowledge of what it is that P&P does and how they interact w/ law enforcement, dispatch, and clients.
  • I'm pretty darn good at "tough love", which is what a lot of people on parole/probation need.

P&P Cons:

  • Kind of like babysitting, only with criminals.
  • Having to learn a new job all over again.
  • Would have to go back to Academy in Salem for 4 weeks.
  • Would be on call 24/7, but that doesn't necessarily mean that I have to respond every time.
  • Would have a higher risk because I would be dealing with subjects face to face instead of over a telephone line.
  • Potential of becoming discouraged working with repeat offenders (which most of them are).
  • Would probably have to work some nights, weekends, and holidays...but wait, I do that already!

Ok, that's what I've come up with so far. I'll probably add to this later tonight, but I have to head home soon. Thank goodness it's my Friday! Anyway, the application deadline for this job is on Tuesday the 15th (day after tomorrow). I have the application almost completely filled out, so I just need to fill in a couple more small things on there, add my current job to my resume, and type out a cover letter. I'm hoping that maybe tomorrow I can meet with one of the current P&P officers that I know is really nice, so I can pick her brain and get a better idea of what this job entails. Let me know what you think and I'll keep you all posted!!!


Kate said...

Well, if it is meant to be, God will open the doors. If you end up in Salem for 4 weeks you can come visit us and vice versa. :-) We support you either way!

Arly said...

This is an interesting idea. Have you thought anymore about it?