Last summer, I applied for an apprentice brewer job at our small local brewery. I saw the ad on a homebrewing forum, and there wasn't any local advertisement for it. I applied more for kicks and giggles than anything. I love our local brewery, and I wanted to ask the brewmaster some questions (for homebrewing purposes, lol). I thought the interview went well enough, but I never expected a call back. I knew there were candidates flying in from around the country, some who had just graduated from brew schools. But, I got a call back for a second interview. That went fine also, but I still didn't take it too seriously. To my surprise, I got a call back to find out that I was one of the final two candidates. Well, that same day, I also got a call back from the company that I currently work for. A job as a radiochemist (radioactive chem) at an environmental testing laboratory. So I agreed to do a few trial days at the brewery. I did that, enjoyed myself, but I still felt like the lab job was more "grown up." So I pretty much turned down the brewer position. I've worked for about 6 months at the lab. And I've learned a lot, and it's alright work. But what I thought was an incredible career possibility, is actually much more dead end. I test samples for Radium and Thorium. Everyday. And if I worked there until I retired, I could very well be testing for Radium and Thorium everyday. It's literally been four years since anyone in the company has moved up. The work is pretty cool science, but it's redundant, and the company is pretty mediocre as far as morale and benefits and pay go. I've always kind of regretted turning down the brewery job. Well today I got an email from the master brewery saying they're going to be looking for a part time worker who should eventually go full time (they're planning on starting a canning line soon, and generally expanding...more tanks, wider distro, etc). He said I would have to interview again, but I'm still considered a top candidate. So I'm probably going to do the interview and ask him a few questions, but here are a few of my pros and cons that I've been considering. Pros: - About the same pay and benefits at both jobs. - I'll eventually go full time (my boyfriend and I split bills, he's okay with me working part time, I'd still be earning enough). - I'm passionate about brewing, not so passionate about Radium and Thorium. - It's an expanding company, and I'd be third in command on the brewing side. Cons: - It's only part time...while we could comfortably swing it with bills and such, we wouldn't have as much moolah, obviously - The hours might be somewhat erratic at first. - It would definitely be bitch work...keg cleaning, keg moving, more cleaning and more moving. I'm not sure if that's really a con...I'm okay with hard work, and that's kind of what you expect when you're the new kid. My job now is actually fairly physical. Sorry that was so long-winded...I'm just looking for some feedback. I'm mostly thrown off by the part time thing, I guess. But like I said, it's an brewery that's doing awesome and has major expansion plans. Maybe it could be an "in" to an industry that I'm personally passionate about.