Im a web developer, currently working for a .net development firm, but also good with PHP.
I have recently been offered a contract working for a respected academic institute in my area, but find myself in a dilemma that I'm sure many have been in before and will be in the future.
I am simply stumped as to whether I should take the 12-14month contract, which is more money, will teach me lots and has the unofficial potential to become full time, OR to stick at my current job, which I know in the next sixth months will result in a pay raise to a similar rate offered on the contract job.
The main concern is that my partner and I have a mortgage, and while I am confident that I will do a great job in the contract position - it is still a contract position!
I don't expect any of you guys to tell me what is the right thing to do, but if anyone has any advice that would make the decision easier / clearer, I would much appreciate it.
PS having read my post, the answer seems obvious to stay where I am. To clarify, this becomes less of a good proposition as I find myself a big fish in a small pond, and worry that I will become stale. The contract job at the college is attractive because it will be developing my skills immensely and does have the potential to lead to what will be a better job in the long run...
[edited by: darrenG at 3:23 pm (utc) on Aug. 14, 2008]