Post # 1
So, I’m now officially unemployed. My job before was a full-time gig that had a defined end-time. I’m struggling with getting myself back up and motivated to accomplish what I need to do in my life. That applies to buying a car (mine was totaled in Sept–someone else ran a red light), getting a job, and unfortunately, wedding planning.
Basically, I just need a job. My question for you all though, is do you think it’s better to work at a job that I love (at a coffeehouse that rhymes with farlux), or another job that I can’t stand, but will get me 5 times the money.
The second job, btw, is being a server at a restaurant. I’ve done it before, and I don’t enjoy it. At all. I would come home absolutely exhausted and braindead.
*And yes, right now, these are my only two options. Also, both sets of parents are helping with the wedding, but FI and I will still be expected to contribute a sizable amount.
Post # 3
I would probably take the job that pays more, with a very defined timeline, and while looking for something else.
Post # 4
i get bored easily. i have to find something i enjoy doing. i totally believe in quality over quantity. and having been a grad student for so many years, living off $ is normal for me!
Post # 5
Given that these jobs are temporary, I would definitely take the better paying one and tough it out.
Post # 6
i’d do both. Either serve part-time & barista full time or the other way around. That way you get the monetary benefits of one job & the mental benefits of the other.
Post # 7
I’m currently in a well paying job that I HATE and getting up and going to work and spending 9 hours there every day is miserable. I probably cry weekly as I’m so upset over my job situation but I’m tied into a contract until June so I can’t leave. The money isn’t worth it; I’d definitely take a pay cut to have I job I enjoy so that would be my vote for you.
That said, if you really need the extra money for the wedding short term, what about working full time (or at least close to it) at the coffeehouse and then working part time as a server and putting all of the server earning towards the wedding? Then when you’ve fulfilled the wedding needs you can leave the server job and just work at the coffeehouse.
Post # 8
Personally I am in a situation where I am doing something I don’t enjoy but pays well.
I had to take this job b/c we just bought a house and my job previously was changing to a contract position and I couldn’t afford not be a salary employee.
It sucks, but I know the job I am in right now (which is corporate/ consultive sales) won’t be forever, its just the “now” job as I complete my alternative teaching and pass the certification test to become a teacher 🙂 Can’t wait to get out of the sales gig!
Post # 9
I have been in jobs that left me miserable and crying daily and the money isn’t worth it. I actually took a pay cut for my current job and I am 1000 times happier. I do have to cut back my spending habits, but the emotional benefits outweigh the monetary benefits.
Post # 10
I am totally ADD and have been without meds the past few years, so I can’t even DO a job that I hate, regardless of how much $$$ it makes me. I’m extremely liable to just quit. So for me, I’d take the job with less $$. Ultimately, I’d be making more money in the long run, because I’d actually stay there.
Post # 11
I’d take the better paying job–it’s temporary. You aren’t planning on being a barista forever. I think it’s different to talk about a pay cut when you’re talking lifelong careers.
FIVE TIMES the amount of money is HUGE. HUGE HUGE HUGE. You’re not even talking a slight pay cut here
Also how does this affect your FI?
Post # 12
Since both of these situations seem temporary I would take the higher paying job. Although if you can work both jobs that might be the best situation for now, just keep looking for something more permanent!
Post # 13
I’m in a somewhat similar predicament, and as much as I love nannying and dislike serving, once summer break comes around, I’ll be serving on the side of my summer externship.
As other PPs have said, it’s only a ‘now’ job – not a ‘forever’ job, and you have a goal of saving for you wedding, which may help take the sting off sucky customers and make you value the great tips even more. Best of luck, I hope you find a job you love with $$$$ that’s more than a ‘now’ job 🙂
Post # 14
if this was your career, i would say take the job you love that doesn’t pay as well. since it’s just something temporary though, go for the money and stick it out. (i voted before i read your post, so i voted take the job you love but changed my mind as soon as i read you’re talking about starbucks!)
Post # 15
i vote a job that i can’t stand but that makes money in our current situation but when everything will be more stable you can just change your job for one that you like. That’s what i’m planning to do because we live in world where we need money so… no choice, in my case i want to be adult and see the world as it is, everything is not pink and perfect evryday.
Post # 16
A job that you even LIKE (IMO) is darn near priceless. Your job is so much of your life and to have something that you somewhat enjoy is a godsend.
Oh, I just re-read your post. I thought you were talking about a career. It depends how miserable you can stand to be for a little while. If you need the money, maybe consider serving, but if you hate it, it may not be worth it, and the barista job you hate less may last you longer while you figure things out.