I had my second interview just now for an afterschool program. Right now, I work for an afterschool program in a town 45 minutes away (90 minute daily commute, part of the drive involves this steep grade that isn't fun to drive on at all). I spend over $300 on gas a month. My take home after gas isn't very much. This job is also at an afterschool program at a school 15 minutes away. The drive is easy and gorgeous and the school is on a hill overlooking the ocean. This job will pay less, but I won't be spending so much on gas. It basically comes out to the same if I take into consideration the gas. The principal at the school I work at now likes me a lot. She wants me to attend a three day workshop (for free, she can't pay me) in case I one day get hired as a resource teacher (for language arts). It's part time. There is a teacher who's done this for years and years and still can't land a full time teaching job. So, my dilemma is, do I stick with my job I have now with the hope of one day, years from now, of getting a full time teaching job where the commute is 90 minutes daily (and remember, I'm not getting paid much). OR, take this new job where I have a chance of becoming director of the program (I also get free gym membership since it's through the YMCA)? I would also have the chance of getting my name out and getting some part time jobs as a fitness instructor at the Y (which is what I'm studying to do right now). You guys will ask me, what do I want. To be a teacher? Or just a director? Am I willing to wait it out and deal with the commute to get what I would like to have, which is a full time teaching job? The other worry is getting pink slipped (again and again). Class size just increased for this district from 20 to 30. Who knows when they will be hiring again.... They want me to start ASAP and I'm just feeling a bit loss. I kind of want to talk to my principal and say, "look, what is the chance of me getting a teaching job in this district? I don't have 5, 10 years to wait. I can't afford to keep this up...." sigh... I guess I just feel a bit loss here.