September 24th, 2014

disco star

To work or not to work...

I have been at my retail job for eleven years.

I recently graduated from nursing school and passed the exam to become a nurse. I have my RN license.

I am currently going to college for the next step in my degree, the RN to BSN, which will take until December of next year (I could finish it by August 5th, but am not in that much of a rush. I plan to take the summer off).

I am also not in much of a rush to get a nursing job yet, as I don't want one until I can take it seriously and not have to spend most of my time on five level 400 college courses. I also see classmates landing the easiest job they can after graduation (nursing homes) and being severely overworked and beyond miserable trying to do both.

I've always worked while I've gone to school full time, for years upon years at this point. I find myself in a financial situation for the first time where I could feasibly quit my job and focus completely on school. To make matters worse, for the first time ever, my work isn't respecting boundaries set for the amount I will work or when I will work. My work is also going through a merger and things are just.... really, really bad. The manager, district manager, and other Big Cheeses all have this boy's club thing going on, and anyone below works in very crappy conditions (sexist remarks, no lunches or breaks, general terrorizing). Any attempt to report conditions is met with retaliation (though such things are against company policy and illegal). I've just hit a point where I'm just... done.

I also know, though, that it looks infinitely better on a resume if you never have any amount of time where you are unemployed. This wouldn't be a huge amount of time (six to nine months), but I still worry. I've been heavily involved in extracurricular activities within nursing school and volunteering time, which I also assume makes me more competitive.

So... do I quit my piddly retail job or just hang on? I have been putting feelers and resumes and such out for a per diem or on call position as a nurse. I am also thinking that if I quit, I can use my newfound freedom to file all the complaints against our boss with L & I for my coworkers and advocate for better (and legal) working conditions without fear of retaliation.