I went with option #1 from my previous post. Just to clarify, this is a job in the legal industry. The majority of my co-workers are lawyers. It's just not a job at a law firm.
I negotiated for the first time in regards to my salary. They really lowballed me initially, but I don't think it was intentional, I think it was them being scatterbrained.
I'll be getting:
- $6k more (which translates to approximately $280/mo)
- Fully paid health benefits
- 401k with matching
- 4 weeks PTO
To be totally honest? I'm scared and a little sad. I've bitched and moaned about my current job, but I have really lovely co-workers, and I'll miss them. Also, I knew my job like the back of my hand. That's all about to change.
As far as taking the bar... I haven't decided yet. I'll make up my mind in the next week.
But for right now - I'm breaking out the champagne. :)