Needs some career advice/opinions
I am 30, single with no kids and a Bachelors Degree. I was never able to land a job in my field of study and always was stuck with retail management jobs that I hated. I recently lucked out and landed a job with a major class 1 railroad here in my hometown. I don't work on the trains or have a trade. I was hired on to drive a forklift in the shops. It's pretty much the lowest paid and bottom of the barrel job for the railroad, next to a janitor. But even so, I still make slightly more than any other job I ever had. Also, in my small town, everyone and their brother tries desperately to get in because a "railroad job" is supposed to have great pay/benefits. So for that, I do feel blessed and thankful. Now I have been on the job for almost a month now and got placed on 2nd shift with odd rest days - Wed + Thur. I don't really like the hours especially on the weekends since it cuts into your life pretty hard - no social life or family events. Also I am not crazy about the job either. Driving a forklift in a noisy crowded, dirty environment really isn't my thing. Now I do like the fact that it is 8 hours and you're done, and 2nd shift is less busy than first. The retirement is excellent and I could retire at 60 after 30 years of service. I also recently interviewed for another job in my field of study and I feel I have a good shot at getting an offer. It's M-F 8-5 and $15k more than my current job on the RR. But at the same time, I would hate to give up a highly desirable railroad job with the excellent retirement. I know eventually with time, I can bid up into a better job with better hours as more people retire. Not sure if I should tough it out and stick with the RR or go for this other job. This is a very tough decision to make. Any of you guys have any input? Thanks!