The same day I posted my last entry, about my my 2022 merit increase, and ended with that I wouldn't be interested in changing companies for a while now, I ended up having an interesting conversation.
My former boss, who left last year, and I had been trying to figure out a time to catch up. We are the same age, have remained very friendly, and get along very well. She was always an advocate for me, even when she was not my boss. We last minute chatted later that day.
During the course of the convo, she basically said she wanted to hire me to come with work her at her new company. For background, it's essentially the same kind of company - same industry/vertical etc. Slightly different role, but she is the department head, and I would be her second in command essentially.
I was upfront with her, and said that I would not be able to make a move until after my first round of surgery since there's STD and insurance to consider there (those things aren't a factor for the second round). She was amenable to that and we are going to stay in touch. The new company does have tuition reimbursement, and I could negotiate a signing bonus to cover the amount I would have to pay back to my company for leaving before the time period is up (I have to pay back any TR from the past year - at that point, it would be 3 semesters worth so just about $8k). My workload for school for the remaining 3 semesters should be easier, and I'll be through the hardest parts of school and recovery.
It would be at the next level, with probably a considerable salary increase, and comparable benefits, work/life balance, etc. A lot to think about!!!! I am probably going to make plans to go see her in May/June (she lives in the next state over, about 2 hours away), and we can talk about it more.