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#1 lizzie


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Posted 25 April 2008 - 11:20 AM

An opportunity has just come up to apply for a new job within the department where I work. The type of work I do is always on short term contracts ( current contract one year). The potential new job has a 3 year contract and would be very interesting but challenging. I have been encouraged to apply for the post, but am feeling very anxious that if I get the job I may become too unwell to fulfil the role- it would be very difficult for everyone concerned if I went off sick for any period of time. have been realtively well up until now, but do feel that things are progressing slowly but surely.I'm now in a dilemma as to whether to apply or not. has anyone esle been in this situation? This is the first time that the SSc has caused me to think about not doing something- and has forced me to acknowledge that it does effect my life and future plans.

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 12:04 PM

I have not been in the same position but have had the opportunity to take early retirement and wonder if I should but in the end I believe that although absence to attend hospital or due to my illness is aproblem to my colleagues they are really good at encouraging me to do what is best for me. If you are being encouraged to take the post you have skills and abilities to offer go for it.

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 05:10 PM

My thoughts are to go for it! You never know what the future holds, regardless if you have a chronic disease or not. You do what is good for you right now!

Good luck!
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Posted 25 April 2008 - 05:15 PM

Hi Lizzie,

I have gone through similar dilemma for over a year. The current job I am having is significantly lower position than I have handled in the past. I can make 20% more by switching my job, but I have decided against it due to flexibility I am getting in my current job. Also, I have one and only one priority in life to take care of myself. If I were you, I will review deeply before making any decision.

You are right in taking your health under consideration.
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Posted 25 April 2008 - 05:34 PM

Hi Lizzie,

It might be less stressful for you to have a three year contract. It's not your "fault" if something arises with your health but it could just as easily arise with a one year contract, couldn't it?

Ignore the length of time. Focus instead on the work itself and your co-workers. Would you find it more interesting and fun than what you are doing now? If so, go for it! If not, forget it.

Scleroderma is very unpredictable, including the fact that it waxes and wanes. Stress tends to make all the symptoms worse whereas enjoyment and distraction tends to lessen their impact or progression. Having fun, involving work, is a great thing. Since the future is unpredictable, roll the dice in favor of fun and adventure whenever you can. If you have more fun and adventure with what you are doing already, then don't go for it.

There are things more important in life than just advancement...like health, and sanity. So remove the time factor from your analysis; if your health holds up, you'll be working one year contracts for the next three years, anyway, won't you? When you say more "challenging" make sure that it more on the side of an interesting intellectual challenge, and not one involving things like longer hours, more travel, more demanding clients, etc.
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Posted 25 April 2008 - 08:13 PM

I agree with Shelley, Lizzie. All other factors being equal, I would go for the longer contract. Given the UK's employment laws, you have far more protection in that situation. I had a similar situation in which I was living from contract to contract in what amounted to a permanent job. When I finally got a permanent position, even though the job was identical, the sense of relief was unbelievable. I believe the reduced stress level was a contibuting factor in allowing me to work for at least three years longer. I eventually had to reduce my hours, then go part time, then stop working altogether, all due to health, but I felt secure that my job was not in danger as a result. With the short term contract, you just don't have that protection. Like Shelley says, though, make sure the job is something you really want to (and can) do.
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Posted 26 April 2008 - 05:36 AM

Go with whichever job is LESS stressful. Stress plays a huge factor in managing sclero. So, go with whatever option provides you with less stress in your life. Good luck. Gidget

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Posted 26 April 2008 - 07:59 AM

Hi Lizzie,

Ultimately... as you know, the decision is yours to make.
All who have posted before me... make very valid points, which will confiirm your final decision.

As you well know, anything can happen, but it's good to keep in mind, the stress factor, which would contribute to your overall health... each year, you go through the stress of wondering whether or not... you will be granted another year of employment. Whereas, with the other position, it WILL give you the security of knowing you won't have to be concerned each and every year.

Do you hunger for a more challenging position?... These are all the questions only you can answer...

Whatever you decide, congratulations on having the latitude, as well as the capabilities... to HAVE the choice.

I wish you the best, Lizzie!
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