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Let's say that you have a very decent position with a company that is the subject of one of the hyped-up scandals of the day. And let's say you like your job and feel reasonably well compensated for doing it. But - you fear that, any day, you could either be let go or the whole company could basically go under. Neither has yet happened.

Let's say that your whole industry is in serious decline and layoffs and job seekers are increasing daily.

Now let's say that you may have the opportunity to leave your decent job and move to another (equally nice) city - at your own expense - to take a state government job - in the same field - for about 1/3 less pay (at the top end of the scale for that job).

Pros of taking the new job:
-job stability
-get to leave before they toss you out
-possibility of advancement

Cons:
-huge pay cut
-post-employement restriction could make it hard to get a good job in the field after doing the state gig.
- *If* things turn around at old company and *if* you wouldn't have gotten laid off anyway, pursuing the new job would prove to be stupid in hindsight.
- working for the state can be downright depressing (I did it once before).

Help!!!!!!!!!! If Company lays off/blows up - it's possible to still get some sort of private sector job - -possibly in another field - that pays better than the state job. Right?

I am very conflicted and would appreciate anyone's suggestions.

Muchas gracias,
MitsouR
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