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    debee Posts: 7, Reputation: 1
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    Aug 19, 2014, 07:05 AM
    Career dilemma !
    To keep a long story short... I am unhappy in my current job role as a research assistant at a University. I've been here 5 years and felt it was time to move on and use my experience to secure something I would be happier with.
    I went for a job interview yesterday at a much more prestigious and research active University, it's a more senior role and I got the job..

    The new job is twice the distance as this one I am in (an extra 2000 per year travel expense, I now realise)
    The new job stated 'starting salary unlikely to exceed 24,000 (2000 more than what I am on now)

    So... I'd break even financially but the place where I am now are funding my PhD so I doubt if I leave, they'll continue to do so. I could defer the PhD until I am earning more at the new place or ask about a higher starting salary to cover my PhD fees (1800 per year).

    I am due to have a conversation about my new role later today with the new line manager. Should I negotiate a higher starting salary? I was so pleased that I got the job but having slept on it, I realise I may not be any better of (maybe worse off) financially !

    Thanks for any advice.
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    Wondergirl Posts: 38,809, Reputation: 5431
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    Aug 19, 2014, 09:47 AM
    Would the new university fund your PhD program? even at their school? or don't they have that particular program? If they don't, could you switch programs to one of theirs, if they are willing to fund your education?

    Could you move closer to the new job?
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    debee Posts: 7, Reputation: 1
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    Aug 22, 2014, 06:16 AM
    Thank you for your answer :-)
    My new employer has jumped at the chance to fund my PhD studies. It wasn't possible to raise my starting salary so I'm going to break even but be in a much happier place .hopefully ! They also said that many people at the University take part in a car sharing scheme so that's one thing to look at to cut my travel expenses.
    So excited now. Thanks again

    Forgot to add, there was no possible way to move closer to the job really as I've got children who are at an important stage in their education etc. in the area I live in currently.. but not to worry at least it's sorted out now :-)

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