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contract vs full time employement

     
3:19 pm on Aug 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Hi all,

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]

7:00 pm on Aug 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

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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...
I would by that I figured you on the contract as if your gonna better yourself why you gotta take chances. If you do some research on your last statement I think you will overcome the fear and step out.
10:57 am on Aug 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

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If you are getting good exposure to .net, sql,xml,soap you shouldnt have a problems working wherever you choose. .ac's dont have best reputation but then public sector IT is protected from this recession for a good 5 years. Id go where the projects interest and stretch you.
 

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