First off, let me say that I wasn't sure if I should put this in Mature or EC forums, so whichever fits....
Anyhow, today I come to you looking for clarity and sage advice for a real sticky situation I'm in regarding career and possibly life choices.
This morning I put in a resignation notice at work, as I'm looking to shift out of one job and look for something different; which is where the dilemma comes in.
On one hand, my boss is doing everything he can to keep me with the company, and he mentioned a lot of items I agree with; such as having a pretty solid job history there, being a valuable asset to the company, being the "go to guy" etc etc etc. He is the kind of boss that sometimes does what's best for the bottom line, but he also appears to care, which is hard to find in a boss.
On the other hand, my own mother is riding my back to get me to quit as she's concerned for my "physical well being" working for the company, especially after a recent on the job injury...which is rare but it does happen no matter who's working the kind of job I have. Now, I can also agree with her point of view because I am possibly at burnout stage.
One of the main reasons I haven't quit yet, and struggling with what to do next, is in essence, the state of the job market and how stagnant it is. Especially for someone like me that doesn't have any college degrees, any trade degrees such as an ASE certification etc....basically an everyday guy that has a high school diploma and has done nothing but blue collar low wage jobs. I've got bills to pay, and as much of a joke as my paychecks are, they do pay the bills, so if I up and quit and it takes a long time to find another job, then I really foresee something of a negative outcome. I'm also looking for a different job, but reading the papers and checking online listings and just keeping my eyes open for street signs it's highly discouraging because a lot of the ads are for either telemarketing jobs, scam work from home jobs or class A-CDL (18 wheeler) truck driver jobs, which I doubt I could pass the physicals for the CDL license because of my p**spoor eyesight.
Another reason why I'm still with the same job for almost eight years is that it's a job that fits me quite well. It's night shift/third shift/graveyard shift and I don't have to deal with a direct manager hovering over my shoulder all day. I can come in, do my job, if everything's going right make a decent product; most of what I do is behind the scenes where I don't have to deal with the general population unless I'm driving the delivery route...which I can handle with a smile and a 'good morning' when I show up.
Now, while this is a good setup, after seven and a half years it becomes monotonous, as in wake up; go to work; do this do that get this done; clean up; go home; sleep; repeat. I don' really mind this per se because it's familiar, it's the routine I'm used to; however, again after a while of it I've kind of become bored with it.
All in all, I just don't know what to do. The storm in my mind over all this is raging something fierce and it's got me unsettled, like I'm walking on a tightrope without a safety net.
Any advice or input or even hindsight would be greatly appreciated.