Post # 1
I am a TA in a private school about a 30 minute (good traffic) drive away from where I live. I really do enjoy the work I do but the commute is now becoming frustrating. I had the job before I moved to where I live currently, which is more amicable to my husbands work too.
I have been looking lately for jobs closer to where I live and have found one which is approximately 15 minutes from me and none of it is city driving (in my current job the last part is). This job will involve working with younger children. A lot of their work ethic and things they promote within the nursery are things that I agree with/am passionate about. They encourage regular staff meetings, do lots of exciting activities, parents are encouraged to stay…
The hours on this job are less than my current ones – 27 compared to 37.5, but I get to start later and finish earlier, meaning I can spend more quality time with my husband and in the house. I currently work 8-4.30 Mon-Fri. This new job is 9-4 Mon, Tues, Thurs, and 9-12 Wed and Fri. Meaning I would get an afternoon off every week plus two every other week, staff meetings on a Friday sometimes.
This obviously would mean less money, but I don’t think job satisfaction and general life happieness comes down to that.
So what would you do? Would you consider all the facts or just say no way because it is less money?
Post # 3
If the hours were better and it was a job I enjoyed, I would probably take it even though it’s less hours.
Idk what kind of car you drive, but potentially the money you save on gas from driving an hour every day could make up a large chunk of the difference
Post # 4
I’m all for general life happiness. I think it’s a little overrated to work 40 hours a week. So if money isn’t the issue, and the job is would make you happier and you would have more time, I’d go for it!
Post # 5
It depends how much less. 37 hours and a 30-minute commute seem like nothing to me so I guess Its hard for me to relate. I used to commute 50 miles each way for work when I first started my job. I wouldn’t have left for less money unless it was only maybe a $5-10k difference (this is on almost 6-figures). 50 miles in my area is almost 2 hours with traffic.
Post # 6
Well, I’d look at HOW much of a pay cut it would be. If it wouldn’t affect our financial situation that much, I’d go for it.
I worked for 10 years at a place that I didn’t love although I was WAY underpaid. I’m now PT, I do work 10-20 hours per month unpaid but I LOVE it. My mood alone is worth that to my marriage.
Post # 7
@FromA2B2013: when i started my current job, i took a $10,000 pay cut because i knew it would be better for me in the long run and eventually i would make up the salary. i do not regret my decision at all.
Post # 8
I think happiness is more important that money…. I know sometimes that is untenable but as far as possible it is how I try to live my life. If taking the pay cut wouldn’t hurt you and DH financially then I would take the new job.
Post # 9
@FromA2B2013: I think if it’s financially feasible for you work fewer hours, then go for it.
Even if it’s not financially feasible, could you look into getting a nearby side gig to cover teh extra 10 hours/week?
Post # 10
I don’t think 30 minutes is a long commute at all, and I personally wouldn’t quit a FT job I enjoyed for one that I would also enjoy but had less hours, since the time saved on the commute would only be 30 mins a day. Also, 8h-4h30 are pretty good hours to me (I work 8h30-5h30). However, if you do not need the extra money and think you will feel better in the new job, then go for it I’d say! It’s all about personal preferences.
Post # 11
@FromA2B2013: a 30 minute commute is short for most people.
true, happiness is more important than money but how much will you miss getting paid that extra 10 hours/week?
have you figured out how much money that is per year that you will be leaving?
ask yourself, is saving 15 minutes each way really worth losing $xxx??
Post # 12
- Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016
I know that in most areas a 30 minute commute is amazing, but where I live 30 minutes is like the longest commute you’ll hear about. Everything is relative 😉 I think since this job sounds like it’s something that will make you happier and more satisfied and will have a shorter commute, that you should go for it if you can afford to do it. I feel like such an outsider bee for saying this, but I really hate working so I would take a job with less hours that sounded better in a heartbeat aha.
Post # 13
@FromA2B2013: I am 1000% absolutely on board with lower pay if it makes you happier overall.
I’m a firm believer in enjoying your life. There are ways to have a financially responsible life and not make all that much money.
I say take it!
Post # 14
@FromA2B2013: I say go for it. No amount of money in the world can make up for happiness.
Post # 15
Eh, you’re cutting out 30 minutes per day which is only 2 1/2 hours per week. Overall you’ll have like ten extra hours per week but how much would you be losing? If I was actually IN your situation, I’m not sure I’d take the newer job just because of the commute. If I was actively unhappy in my position I would though.
Post # 16
Depends if I could afford the cut in pay. If I could, then I would definitely go for it. If I could not, I would either stay at my job or take the new one but also find something else to make up for the lost money (either another part time job or some freelance stuff).