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    Hello everyone,

    I am a second semester senior about to graduate from college. I have applied to many jobs. I have received a job offer from one place in particular. Although it isn’t my first choice, I am supposed to respond in 1 week. I absolutely do not want to go home. My parents are emotionally and verbally abusive. I would be forced to live at home and never move out again if I went back home. I want to be free and travel the world. Anyways, I am not sure whether I should accept this job offer or not. There is a two year committment and the job only pays 27,000.


    Dear Annie:

    Do not go back home to your parents no matter what and do whatever it takes to never go back.

    Best to you:



    Although the job doesn’t pay much, and it is not your first choice, I would advise you to take it. The reason being that for now, it is your only offer, and like you said, it is only for two years. While yes, that does sound like a long time, as soon as those two years are over you can start looking elsewhere. If the salary sounds too low for you then wait up until the last day of the week to respond to see if any more offers come in.

    If you believe you can find a better job offer, then by all means turn down the offer.

    However, at this point, what is most important is that you not go back home. It is not a safe or good environment for you and you know that. So if it means accepting this job offer then do it. If you see that you are struggling to pay bills then get a roommate or get a part time second job to keep you afloat. While that in itself sounds like a hard situation it will definitely be better than going home.

    Good luck with whatever you choose to do.


    Hi Anita,

    Thanks for responding. I am doing the best with what I have right now.

    Hi Aislynn,

    Thanks for responding. Your post made me think a lot about what I wanted to do and the pros and cons of each side. I am waiting to hear back from other positions, which seem kind of promising. I know it will be hard, but I also know I will be unhappy if I take this job. I want to move somewhere else. After spending so much time, energy, and money in college I want a job that will at least make me comfortable for now. Although it would be nice to have that security, I would be stuck in the job for two years.

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