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    Will the £300 cover petrol/tyres? You might actually be losing out.

    Change is good though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MatthewL View Post
    Go for it, for £300 its worth that extra 20 minutes in the car.
    If its a job with better responsibility/ more progression/ better social opportunities then its worth it regardless. Plus 20 mins extra each way wouldn't break the bank, I drive 37 miles each way and I still have a good amount to live on

    Always looking for more but hey!

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    My car does 50mpg easily so the drive isn't too much of a bother. £5 a day I reckon, if that.
    So still worth it I reckon...

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    Since I have been driving a lot I have started to listen to radio 4 while I drive in the morning. Now my gf thinks im sad lol

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    go for it mate - if you get it; its a bonus if not; interview experiance and hopefully some feedback

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    Have to agree with Witch, if the job appeals for more than just money then go for it. £300.00 is a lot of money but if it is going to give you meltdown from learning loads of new systems with the worry of probation period and economic climate - you might not have such a great time.

    Personally I'm headstrong and would just go for it, but the adult in me is trying to say be sensible and weigh up pros and cons

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    Quote Originally Posted by MatthewL View Post
    Go for it, for £300 its worth that extra 20 minutes in the car.
    Its actually 40mins a day extra travelling (Over 3 hours extra traveling a week), time, petrol, motoring costs etc for £300.... Not worth doing for that amount imo.

    However if your interested in the prospects, challenge, experience, training etc that a new job can bring then yes its worth it.

    My experience is that the money is not the important bit, rather what the job can offer you and what you can bring to the job. You'll soon get used to spending the extra money...

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    You really need to look at it,

    If you were scanning job pages - you're obviously not totally happy where you are

    In my experience, schools have little to no promotion/pay grade scale for support staff - bigger, more business like organisations do

    They'll also however have a lot more red tape, policies and staff to work around, so less working freedom - at least initially. But they'll like have a better IT budget ( = toys :-) )

    basically, as others have said - pros and cons. Definitely interview, check it out and make your mind up based on more than cash

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    You never know if you mention you have an interview your current employer may off you more cash to stay

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    Go for the interview, shot myself in the foot recently in the same situation by not going for one. If you don't want the job, don't accept but at the end of the day you have interview practice and most importantly, options. Maybe build a contact or two, I met a Network Manager at another school who did a past interview before working in education and it got us talking!

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    Its actually 40mins a day extra travelling (Over 3 hours extra traveling a week), time, petrol, motoring costs etc for £300.... Not worth doing for that amount imo.
    Normally I'd agree with you but like I've said I have a rather economical car and I expect to be paying only about £80-100 on fuel a month for the round trip.

    Now if I'm left with £200-£220 take home money a month, then that makes the difference (again, as said before) between being poor and comfortable.

    Bear in mind, I'm a single person living in his own house with a car. I don't have another salary to rely on so although £300 might not be worth it for some people, it certainly is for me!

    Since I have been driving a lot I have started to listen to radio 4 while I drive in the morning.
    Way ahead of you!

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    Just to make sure but you won't be paying more tax on your earnings will you?

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    Just to make sure but you won't be paying more tax on your earnings will you?
    I won't be going up any tax bracket no, and the £300 a month is after tax.

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    Best thing to do is:

    Go for the interview (even just for the experience)
    If you don't get it, then you have interview experience under your belt and they may contact you in the future with other positions
    At the interview, you may realise this is NOT for me or visa versa
    Travel to the interview at the time of day you will be going, see what the commutes like then?
    You can't make a decision unless you have enough ammunition to weigh everything up.

    You never know, the office could be full of single women!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    But basically, as others have said, go for the interview. It's scary, but you don't have to take it! And it will hopefully make your mind up one way or another!

    Good luck!!!

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    I'd reccomend at least going for it - I went through the same kind of thing a while back, barely scraping through living on my own, and went for the job I'm in currently.

    As it came round closer to the date of the interview I started to feel a bit uncomfortable with a potential move to a place I didn't know, with different challenges and all the stress attached.

    Ended out as one of the best things I ever did, especially if you take your concerns and look at them in a slightly different light.

    By moving out of my comfort zone it allowed me to grow professionally, taking on new challenges and increasing my depth of experience.

    It also allowed me, with my previous experience of being ICT support and the details of the role to put my foot down immediately so people didn't take me for granted/treat me like cr@p.

    Now - I'm treated as a professional, and through having banter with the staff they actually see me as a human being rather than some kind of mindless automaton. This alone makes the day go much easier - even enjoyable.

    (Not saying it was like that all the time at my old place - but you know how some days can get you down)

    There still are the fair share of bad days and painful to deal with staff - but you're going to get those wherever you go.

    Not saying this'd be the same for you - but thats how it worked for me.



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