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I'll be completing my degree soon. However, my husband got a job several hours away from where I was attending school, so I am completing my coursework at a different school and transferring them back. This means I'll be done with classes this December, but won't have my degree until May. For my industry, some full time positions require a degree, while some do not.
Therefore, I've started my job search by going to the school's career fair. There, I found a paid internship position with Company A. They immediately called me back for an interview. I went into the interview Monday, and that afternoon they called me back and asked if I was still interested and what day I could start. I told them that I was still interested (because I am), but I asked for sometime to check my schedule before answering when I could start.
The position is part-time only - I could work a max of 30 hours in the spring, but, I could work and be paid as it doesn't require a degree. Plus, I could start working immidetaly (as I am not working this semester) and have a little extra income coming in now. But, the position is internship only: they don't have enough full-time positions to higher the interns on full-time. So, it's a high turn over, and they know it, and they would expect me to leave come May (although, they wouldn't force me out.) So, it's a great back up job, but I will be at some point needing a full-time position.
Thing is, I have an interview on Friday with Company B that will be offering a full-time position. But, a) don't know if I'll get it, and b) still undecided if it's what I want. Company B is a great company, but I'm just being nervous about how well I could actually do the work. Plus, I think this company might require me to have a degree, so couldn't start there until May (but, I'm not sure. I talked with a lot of companies, and each one said different things.)
Then, there was Company C. I really liked the position being offered, but they haven't set an interview up yet. They will be doing on-campus interviews in the next few weeks, and I've already been told I will be invited when they figure out the dates for the interviews. I believe this one might let me start work in January, but the lady had to talk to HR to verify it.
And, likewise, there were several companies I talked to, but, as they are looking for employees for Spring or Summer, they haven't started the interview processes yet. It's a complete unknown whether or not I'll get an offer from any of the companies, but I was planning on trying to apply to the positions online to give myself a better chance.
So, the question becomes, what do I do with Company A? I had a lot of fun during the interview - the most fun I've ever had in an interview. I know that I would fit in well with the team, and I got really excited about working there. But, it's not the sort of position that will turn into long-term employment, so my fear is, if I accept them position, will I be locking myself out of a better opportunity? But, if I decline the position, and I don't get another job offer (or at least can't start working until May), am I shooting myself in the foot?
What I would really love to do is accept the position, then continue the job hunt. If I find something better that starts in January, then go for it. But, I feel this would be dishonest. Of course, if the position I found starts in May, after I have my degree, then no problem.
On a side note: Company A did say there should be some positions come open for the Spring if I feel that works best for me.