Looking for some advice. I’ll try to keep this short. I interned with a company over the summer and was offered a FT job upon graduation from my MS in statistics. It’s not exactly what I’m looking for, but some of the work is pretty cool and the location is literally my dream location.
The caveat: I need to work PT with them until I finish graduate school. I have about a year left. My team is in another state so all of my communication with them is remote. There is branch in my state, but it’s about 1-2hrs of driving one way. I’m trying to convince them to let me work remote, but they’re hesitant, so even though I’m working only 20 hours, with the commute and how early I have to wake up, it’s closer to 30.
My courses are really difficult and time-consuming as most of the people in this subreddit probably know. I typically put about 40-50 hours in for school on average, but with the additional workload and driving, it’s turning into 70-80 hour weeks. I’m exhausted all the time, and my work/health is starting to suffer.
I have a meeting with my boss this week to discuss options. I want to discuss working fully remote or reducing hours until I graduate but I have a feeling they’re going to decline.
For others who did their MS in statistics, how was the job search process for you upon graduation? I really want to make this work, but I know working like this is unsustainable. (They also want me to take 4 classes next semester so I can graduate by May, and I know that’s absolutely not going to be possible). At the same time, it’s scary to turn away job security.
Any advice? I’m having the conversation soon and want to make sure I make the right decision. (Also maybe looking for a bit of reassurance that should I decide to quit, finding a new job won’t be as bad as I think).