It was my one year anniversary on Tuesday. It's funny to think that I've been here a year. It doesn't seem that long but it also does at the same time. Sometimes it feels like a lot longer. I can't say it's been a breeze because it hasn't. Long hours, lots of stress, moody teenagers, bizarre and often annoying colleagues (not my library staff though I hasten to add). It's been a huge learning curve and I know that I would not have gotten anywhere with my professional development without this job. I wouldn't have learnt half the stuff I know now.
There are however down sides. As I may have mentioned before I am not terribly happy with my salary. Having looked around at other schools and talked to my colleagues at other sixth forms, I now know that I am being grossly underpaid for what I do. Though I felt before I talked to others that I wasn't being paid enough, now I know that I am not. One of my mother's colleagues is doing the same degree as me and she is on £35k a year! While I would never ask for a pay increase of that much, I know that I can command that kind of salary if I was to go elsewhere. I spotted a job the other day at a girls school that wants a School Librarian for 38 weeks a year (36 term time and 2 weeks in the summer) and they are willing to pay a starting salary of £28k. That's 6 weeks less a year and less hours a week for 8k more a year than I'm on now. I must admit that it is tempting and really the only thing holding me back is my loyalty to my current employer and the fact that I am scared about having to possibly move somewhere new. It's all very confusing. I have had two glowing appraisals from my line manager but he has made it clear that it is unlikely that I will get anything more than one step up on the pay scale. It works out to an extra £750 a year BEFORE tax. That's nothing. He also mentioned the likelihood of a pay freeze starting from this coming May. It has really made me start to think about whether I should stay in my current job or not. In the end I guess I have to think about what's going to benefit me the most.
Any advice? I could really use some.