So I got a call from the secretary at church today, offering the email of someone whose company is looking for employees to work from home. I called the woman and spoke with her about the position. It's essentially a scheduling position, serving as an at-home call center for a company that owns 8 auto body shops in the area. The hours seemed a bit fuzzy, as did the pay.
I was trying to answer her questions honestly, and then we came to the point where she asked about my prior experience. I tried to explain as simply as I could about being in grad school, teaching, and why I am looking for jobs outside of academia. She asked if this was the kind of job I was hoping to find. I answered honestly - no, not really, but the realities of my field are such that it doesn't make sense to not be looking for other avenues so we can pay our bills each month. Then she said, "The thing is, with your prior experience, I worry that you would start working and then not like it. It takes a lot of work to train someone..."
Am I crazy for feeling a bit insulted? I don't know what she intended to say, but it felt to me like she was saying, "I don't know if you're worth my time and effort." That left a truly sour taste in my mouth. I tried to respond as nicely and professionally as I could, and then said I would appreciate the opportunity to talk about this with my husband before deciding whether to pursue it further. She said that was fine.
I feel like I'm going a bit crazy. This might be a decent job - it would be a paycheck, at the very least. Would I be a fool not to pursue it? I'm not sure I'd get a lot of respect from this woman, who would be my boss, since she's already said out loud that she's not sure I'd be worth the great effort it would take on her part to train me. I don't want to turn a good thing down. But I don't know what to do now.