So I believe I have a choice coming. My job now ebbs and flows with the semester, particularly the duller administrative tasks. August and September are an all out sprint to get the programs and students up and running, with lulls around the holiday breaks and utter silence during the summer when I am one of only a handful of people left in the building.
Aside from the sprint at the beginning of the school year, I wind up with about one quarter time in excess. It's a good problem to have, because it lends me an opportunity. I could ask to take on additional responsibility and build my position out of the pure admin role that it was before I came on (this already started last year, with me doing some tutor-like support for the faculty along with other jobs). I could take on program development, reach out to other agencies in the area, and possibly run a project or adjunct class of my own in a few years.
On the other hand, I could ask to cut my position to 3/4 time. I'd still work enough to get loan forgiveness, but I'd see my kids more and maybe take summers off or at a steep part time cut. I could take more vacations with them.
I kind of want all the things, and I'm glad to be in a job that supports me enough that, even a year in and after maternity leave, they could genuinely consider either option for me. I know that left as is, I will get bored within a couple of years. I also think that I'll want to develop a career within higher education, especially in the law school, and am particularly interested in project director sorts of positions rather than teaching.
So, I'm thinking. I have a mentor, but he just retired this summer so he's now able to offer more advice than leverage for me. I will probably address it with my boss this semester, to see if she sees any reason for me to keep my license active before renewal in January. Either way, I'll keep it active for a bit, but I'm curious to hear her thoughts.