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TDcline
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What's more important: Career you enjoy but low pay, or career you don't but good pay?
Which do you choose: Time with family is about a wash. Freedom is about a wash. First is a 9-5 Mon-Fri and Second is shiftwork.

Career you like, in a field you like for 45-60k average

or

Career you know you won't enjoy but pay is 75-90k average.

ETA: I guess I should clarify. The second job is about 1.5 years of school away (which i'm going for now). The first is one I qualify for now, and have been offered.


This post was edited on 2/7 at 3:25 pm


LSU6262
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re: What's more important: Career you enjoy but low pay, or career you don't but good pay?
There should always be a happy medium


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GermantownTiger
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re: What's more important: Career you enjoy but low pay, or career you don't but good pay?
Happy medium though lean towards pay. Life outside of work is what I live for


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ElectricWizard0
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Member since Jul 2017
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re: What's more important: Career you enjoy but low pay, or career you don't but good pay?
You can’t buy back years of your life. Yes money is important and nice to have, but it isn’t everything. Don’t make yourself miserable


Fast Eddie
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re: What's more important: Career you enjoy but low pay, or career you don't but good pay?
I've been in both situations. I'd rather have a fulfilling job than money for its own sake at this point. Thankfully, I do.


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soccerfüt
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Member since May 2013
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re: What's more important: Career you enjoy but low pay, or career you don't but good pay?
My dream job would to work at the US Mint.

Regardless of how much I got actually paid I could always say I made a lot of money at work.


tduecen
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re: What's more important: Career you enjoy but low pay, or career you don't but good pay?
I took a career I love over a career I hated for more money, but I also have more free time, less stress, and less taxing physically.


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Puffoluffagus
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Member since Feb 2009
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re: What's more important: Career you enjoy but low pay, or career you don't but good pay?
Whichever has better hours so that you can actually use the money you earn.


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Dire Wolf
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Member since Sep 2008
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re: What's more important: Career you enjoy but low pay, or career you don't but good pay?
I’d take a 60k job that I loved over a 75k job that I hated


quote:

Time with family is about a wash. Freedom is about a wash.


However, I’ll take the money since you said this.

The jobs that I’ve hated tended to be because they had no respect for my time.


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HempHead
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Member since Mar 2011
40589 posts

re: What's more important: Career you enjoy but low pay, or career you don't but good pay?
One of my brothers works seasonal outdoor jobs year-round. He probably never clears more than 40 or 45k a year, but he's probably the happiest and most content person I know.


Grim
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re: What's more important: Career you enjoy but low pay, or career you don't but good pay?
Neither of those are good pay


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Evil Little Thing
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Member since Jul 2013
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re: What's more important: Career you enjoy but low pay, or career you don't but good pay?
An extra $15k isn’t worth doing a job I hate. It would have to be more significant than $60k vs $75k.


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SeeeeK
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Member since Sep 2012
11168 posts

re: What's more important: Career you enjoy but low pay, or career you don't but good pay?
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Career you like


This, i gave up 15ish K, to take the job i have now. less pay, but i'm home by 7am(work 2 1/2 hours, paid for 8), 2 days a week, and get 17 weeks off, paid a year(every 3rd year i get 18 weeks off).

Also, work 5 days a week, and NO Weekends.

And i have ZERO regrets
This post was edited on 2/7 at 3:19 pm


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Steadyhands
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Member since May 2016
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re: What's more important: Career you enjoy but low pay, or career you don't but good pay?
I will keep my job I have now. Have more perks than the perks of both of those situations combined.


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Brosef Stalin
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re: What's more important: Career you enjoy but low pay, or career you don't but good pay?
Always take the money


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RidiculousHype
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re: What's more important: Career you enjoy but low pay, or career you don't but good pay?
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Which do you choose: Time with family is about a wash. Freedom is about a wash. First is a 9-5 Mon-Fri and Second is shiftwork.

Career you like, in a field you like for 45-60k average

or

Career you know you won't enjoy but pay is 75-90k average.


Think about it this way...

A person from the year 1900 would look at the life of an American in 2018 making 55k a year vs. an American making 80k a year and see essentially no difference in quality of life. Both would be off the charts good.

Don't punt your happiness for a few bucks that won't change your standard of living that much in the grand scheme of things.


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Will Cover
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re: What's more important: Career you enjoy but low pay, or career you don't but good pay?
Providing you are enjoying them, take the experiences, knowledge and wisdom first.

The money will soon follow.


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Brageous
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Member since Jul 2008
107724 posts

re: What's more important: Career you enjoy but low pay, or career you don't but good pay?
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You can’t buy back years of your life. Yes money is important and nice to have, but it isn’t everything. Don’t make yourself miserable



Agreed. Now doing something for your family and supporting others can create a different dynamic. If you're single, then this is a no brainer IMO.


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LCA131
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re: What's more important: Career you enjoy but low pay, or career you don't but good pay?
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One of my brothers works seasonal outdoor jobs year-round. He probably never clears more than 40 or 45k a year, but he's probably the happiest and most content person I know.


This saddens me greatly.


TheDrunkenTigah
Syracuse Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Aug 2011
14079 posts

re: What's more important: Career you enjoy but low pay, or career you don't but good pay?
Money while I’m young, enjoy it when I’m older.


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