Scared to take this job

posted 2 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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172 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: dont know

Maybe try it out first? It might not be as scary as you think.  My mom works for the gov and has to go in bad neighrboors and their houses and even though she’s scared she says theyre really just people and aren’t so bad themselves, but her job has nothing to do with mental health or social work so that would be scary.

Post # 3
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1629 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

charismacharm:  

In my experience no job is worth your mental health. I used to teach and was paid $49,000.00 per year. The job practically destroyed me. I am now in a different career after going back to school, earn considerably less than that but I love what I do and work with great people. I would say give the job a chance and if you really are struggling and find it unbearable then I would explore going back to school and looking at a career change. Only you know what is best for you though. Good luck!

Post # 4
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6273 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

is $25k the going rate for this kind of job in your city? 

is there a way the job could provide you with an escort when you go to some of the neighborhoods. 

at my high school job, one of the respirtory therapists had to make home visits and took an escort with her to some places where she felt unsafe.

Post # 6
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6273 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

 

charismacharm:  doesn’t sound worth it to me.  and taxes, health insurance, etc take about 1/3 of your paycheck. 

Post # 7
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894 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

ajillity81:  Ditto this.  Unless you live somewhere really, really cheap, you can’t live on that salary very well at all.  You’ll have weekends and vacation, but no money to do anything fun.  

I used to live in Philly making about $32k and was quite strapped, despite budgeting well, not having extra things (cable, data plan, etc).  Not worth it to me.

Post # 8
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432 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Absolutely not worth it. The pay is low, you’re possibly jeopardizing your safety, and just like ajility stated, taxes will take a chunk of that out too. I know being unemployed is not a fun place to be, but safety and mental health first!

Post # 9
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2007 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

charismacharm:  Honestly, I wouldn’t do it. I have a Bachelor’s in Psych, as well, and I considered entering this line of work for a brief time. Now, I would never consider it, especially for that amount of money. Not to mention my FI would never allow it (that sounds bad, but he wouldn’t). I have friends who are social workers and I know from talking to them about their experiences that it is an extremely demanding, emotionally taxing, and dangerous job. I think you can find something better for that salary. It may not be in your field, but your health and safety are priority.

Post # 10
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107 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

charismacharm:  Always go with your gut – especially when it comes to your general safety.  Unless you are super tight on finances / or this is your dream job – I wouldn’t go for this one.  

Post # 11
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913 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014 - 11/15/14-Vineyard

I wouldn’t do it. High stress, low money, questionable security, using your own car with no reimbursement. Not worth it in the long run. Stay where you are, do as much as you can to move forward and the right job will come along. Don’t settle. Do what you love. 

Post # 12
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461 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

charismacharm:  You cannot put a price on your mental health. I have done similar work and I would not go back to it. I’m also currently looking for work, and there are lots of jobs like this here…but I am very blessed that my FI does not want me to be stressed out all the time as I was before we moved. He tells me that if working fast food makes me happy, work in fast food. I’d rather work 2 low-stress part time jobs than 1 high stress full time in a bad area. <br /><br />Don’t take a job out of desperation. You seem to know that it won’t be good for you. Another job will come along. 

Post # 13
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1157 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I don’t think it’s worth it.  You’re considering your income pre-tax – after taxes you’ll be out about 1/3 of that.  Nowhere near enough to adequately compensate you for that.

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