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cogito
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   Posted 10/29/2011 12:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Please excuse this ponderous email, but I need a distraction.

A friend of mine has been pushing me to find a new job. My current job has been very accommodating to my health issues, allowing me to work from home all but once or twice a week. But I'm now well ahead of my colleagues in research and under other circumstances should be looking for a more prestigious position.

My friend sent me a list of openings a few days ago and I can't get one off my mind. It is at an elite institution on the east coast, not my dream job, but darn close. I happen to know two people in the department, one from graduate school and the other commissioned me for a research project about ten years ago.

I wouldn't be a shoe-in by any means. My guess is that they will receive 100 or so applications. But I would be a good fit and have some inside connections. I suppose I'll get the advice "go for it" but I can't realistically see myself accepting a job without being upfront about my health -- in which case they should NOT hire me.

I have the luxury of having more than a decade in my current position with credentials that exceed my peers (and so can parlay more accommodations to my needs). In a new position, however, I wouldn't have any favors built up, would be much more on-par with their research output, and would most likely have far less time at home.

My wife is telling me I am just talking myself out of it. But I think I am being realistic. I FEEL my limits.
C4-T4 Scoliosis (disk degeneration, stenosis, narrowed neuroforamen, bone spurs), RT hip and SI joint damage from car accident. Also, pectus excavatum, supraventricular tacycardia and mitral valve prolapse syndrome.
Current meds: Ultram ER 300mg daily, breakthrough - hydrocodone 10-15mg, or oxycodone 5-7.5mg. .25-.5mg ativan as needed for sleep, Verapamil 240mg SR (for tachycardia). [/gray

Chartreux
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   Posted 10/30/2011 10:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes you are being realistic which is good, I say put a application in and see if it yields anything,
if not then you don't have to worry, as you just stay put...if you do get an interview go for it,
after the process you can then find out more on their health policies, or ask if you could work from home
in the interview...just cause you get an interview doesn't mean you'll get the job either
so again you'd just stay where your at and no one being the wiser...So yes I saw put in the application.

Many well wishes to you...
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straydog
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   Posted 10/30/2011 11:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Chart on this one. If you are called in for an interview and feel that you need to be upfront about your health matters then its your choice to decide just how much to divulge.

I can understand if you have reservations about applying for the position too. Its very hard to get a job this day and time, even worse if you have health problems that may well interfere with the job. Whats the old saying, better to be safe than sorry. There is no way of knowing if your health will stay the same or get worse, at least in the position you are in now losing your job is not a threat, starting over somewhere else may take that away from you. Certainly something to think about.

Good luck with whatever you decide.
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cogito
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   Posted 10/31/2011 10:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the feedback.

The opportunity has been on my mind quite a lot since I saw the ad. I spoke with a friend and got some information about a history of infighting there to a point of dysfunction. Some retirements may have partly cleaned house, but this added factor (though perhaps I'm rationalizing) is enough for me to forgo sending an application.

I'm about half-way through the book I am writing, and if it makes a splash when published (it is under contract with a large publisher), I may feel more bold.
C4-T4 Scoliosis (disk degeneration, stenosis, narrowed neuroforamen, bone spurs), RT hip and SI joint damage from car accident. Also, pectus excavatum, supraventricular tacycardia and mitral valve prolapse syndrome.
Current meds: Ultram ER 300mg daily, breakthrough - hydrocodone 10-15mg, or oxycodone 5-7.5mg. .25-.5mg ativan as needed for sleep, Verapamil 240mg SR (for tachycardia). [/gray

sore42long
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   Posted 10/31/2011 2:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Only you can decided,sounds like your doing pretty good where you are now! If the place has problems and infighting ,that could only be added stress for you! Take your time to think if its something you really want!!It doesn't hurt to apply ,you might find in the interview,if its agood fit for you or not! Seems like your current job is a great fit for you,would you be okay with leaving it behind? good luck and take care
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