Post # 1
I’m making this short – I hate my job. I’m a contractor for the government, and I HATE IT.
Part time, I work at a craft beer bar. I’ve been there for a year and half. Currently I just bartend and serve, but I used to be there full time and also managed the bar from time to time. I LOVE IT! Beer has turned into more than just “beer” for FI and I – it’s a big part of our lives (homebrewing, beer tastings, etc).
Lately I’ve been looking into progressing my career within the beer world and forgetting all about the “professional” world. I have a couple of interviews coming up with different breweries/distributors starting at the bottom (as a rep).
This feels (to me) like an absolute waste of my degree, though. I have a ton of student loan debt, and I feel guilty considering pursuing such an unconventional career path without the security of my current FT job. My FI, family, and friends all insist I would be great at it and the only reason I started applying in the first place is my FI basically made me.
Is this a stupid idea??
Post # 3
@ebarnes0: Hating your job will make you hate your life and a hateful person. Do what is best for you, your future marriage, and your future children and be happy.
Post # 4
@ebarnes0: I think you should go for it! As far as your student loan debt goes I think if you can get the new job you love and still make your payments then you are all good! Life is too short to be miserable!
Post # 5
Life’s too short to be miserable. Of course, it’s entirely your call regarding whether you can swing it financially, but otherwise, if you think it’d make you happy and you have your FI’s support….that’s a good start!
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Post # 7
@ebarnes0: DH used to be a wine rep for a distributor. He’s the same way: loves wine, loves the industry, etc. He will be the first to tell you that the job almost killed him. He worked crazy long hours, was expected to taste with every customer, but not drive drunk, but make sure you visit everyone you have to! (obviously one of those things has to give eventually)
He made really fantastic money. He absolutely loved working with the customers and talking about what he loved. In the end, he just worked too hard and too long. Ultimately he got out of the industry and will tell you he’s happy he did.
I’d have to ask him if your experience would be different as a beer rep, but I wanted to share his wine rep experience.
Post # 8
You are so lucky to have found what you enjoy doing in life, and even luckier that you have the opportunity to pursue it. Not many people can say that about their careers! Just think of college as a stepping stone to this career. Like you never know where you would be righ now if you hadn’t of gone. Plus, in five years you could be making your way up the corporate ladder in your new career, and that could require a degree. I knew many older students at my college that started out entry level and realized they would have to get a degree to get the next promotion.
Post # 9
It also probably depends on the company you work for. The one he worked for is pretty rough on their people.
Post # 10
@littlemisst08: Thank you SO MUCH for this, it helps immensely.
I’m a little nervous about the potential hours, but I figure I have three positives out of it:
– I’m used to weird hours after working in a bar
– The main one I’m considering is a very very well established company in this area, so no new contracts, just maintaining existing ones. So, events and such, but no real new releases to push out outside of seasonal offerings (that come out every year).
– Sales and marketing experience, so transferable into a more linear career path than jumping from contract to contract and getting stuck being an assistant forever (my worry! probably not reality)
But I will for sure ask about that sort of lifestyle your DH experienced during the interview process. Thanks for the heads up!
Post # 11
If you can afford it, as in you might have to cut back on things but will still be able to pay your bills and put food on the table, then I say go for it. You happiness is worth it. Just make sure you’ve researched it and it is what you really want to do. It’s no use to leave one crap job for one that ends up being terrible for you as well.
Post # 12
@ebarnes0: I wish I had your (proverbial) balls, girl! Go for it! And do it now before all the other trappings of life weigh you down– kids, mortgage, complacency! DO IT! 🙂 Good luck!
Post # 13
Also I would NEVER take any kind of job that would pay less. There’s not actually any way I could get paid less at the moment in my area – I have friends who do this same job for other companies and get paid well above me. It is more work, but more money.
Post # 14
@ebarnes0: i have a degree i dont use – im in a job now that i love but didnt need qualifications to get.
having a job u hate will impact your whole life. yes money is important, but its not the be-all end-all of work.
u need to do something that you truly love, and you will be so much happier.
sales rep start low but if you work hard you can make the big bux for sure!
Post # 15
@ebarnes0: Glad to help. To shine a light on some positives there were a lot of opportunities to move up from what I remember, and the money was great if you were a hard worker! Like you said, sales and marketing are great skills to have. DH met a lot of amazing people during those years who are still friends today, and I love some of the perks that gets us when we visit his old customers 😉
If you have any specific questions, PM me and I can get DH to answer them.