Nothing too outlandish, just tryna choose the right next job for me. I'm so desperate to get out of my current job (med-psych night shifts), have been for a while, and I don't want that desperation to cloud my judgment.
Job A: An old friend is this position's supervisor, and she invited me to apply when I said I was looking for work. I interviewed and got a great vibe from the team, and received an offer today. It's a pay cut, as everything will be after five years of night shift differential, and the tuition assistance policy was a bit underwhelming (I just started working on my MSN). Otherwise the salary and other benefits were pretty good. It's an hour commute from my home, which will be a significant adjustment for me (I'm super spoiled right now), and the hours are crazy early. While the actual job sounds fascinating and would be a welcome change from what I've been doing, I know it's not where my heart is long-term.
Job B: I have an interview scheduled for next Friday, so no offer yet. I feel that I am a strong candidate, but obviously that's no guarantee. This pays a few thousand less per year than Job A and has no tuition assistance as far as I know, so paying for school will be even more challenging, though by no means impossible. The commute is a little more friendly, like 40 minutes, and the hours are more reasonable for a night owl making the switch back to days. It is also more relevant to the degree I'm pursuing, and will give me more direct experience toward my career interests (although I don't think Job A would hurt anything).
TL;DR - Basically, I like a lot of the things about Job A, for which an old friend would be my supervisor; the salary and benefits are good; and I have an offer. It's not directly relevant to my degree and not something I see myself doing for more than a few years. Job B has a slightly lower salary, and while I feel confident about my candidacy, I have an interview scheduled but no offer right now. This job is more along the lines of my interests and eventual goals, and the commute and hours would work better for me. Do I decline the position working with my friend (how bad of a move is that? It's bad, right?) in favor of interviewing for something that might not work out, leaving me in this job that has become toxic to my mental and physical health?