Post # 1
a secure job for a more rewarding one?
I currently have a very secure, stable job. It pays well and the benefits are good. The promotion potential is also good. However, I am not happy. I know most people don’t like their job but I always have this feeling of dread when I think about how I’m wasting my life away with this job.
There is a job available at a company that I think would be very rewarding. The company is Operation Smile and they do great things for so many people. My mother did several missions with them when I was younger (she was an OR nurse then, now NP). I always feel so proud of her when I tell people about that. I can’t help but feel like I need a job that betters the world and this one could be that job for me.
However, Operation Smile is a non-profit, charity organization…which makes the job with them a little less secure than my current one (government). I guess it has about the same security as any private sector job. I’m also not sure what the pay/benefits would be. The job requires a Bachelor’s degree so I’m assuming the pay would at least be good, but maybe not great and I don’t know the promotion potential.
So after all my rambling…would YOU take the more rewarding job and leave a stable, life draining job?
Post # 3
I’d at least apply to it and see if you get a call. You could have an interview and change your mind.
Post # 4
@jpalm13: +1. Apply and see what happens. It never hurts to have options.
@IzzyBear: Normally I advocate money over happiness but just reading your post and hearing that it is important to you to make a difference, how proud you would be to work there, and that you feel your current job is “wasting your life,” I do think you need a change.
Post # 5
@IzzyBear: If you have an opportunity to be happy with your job, take it! I also have a stable good-on-paper job, but it sucks the life out of me. We spend so much of our lives on our work – we owe it to ourselves to make it count for something. I hope you get this amazing job! 🙂
Post # 6
I have a government job with a pension. I will not trade a more rewarding or even higher paying job for my pension. But then I don’t hate my job.
Post # 7
I think it is very difficult to say. I currently work for a nonprofit and it is very rewarding however it doesn’t pay for squat. Money isn’t everything but it is also nice to have some financial security or even have enough money left over to put aside to put a down payment on a home. I think it is important to think about the financial responsibilities you have and whether you can make $8-15,000 less. Of course this is approximate because I don’t know the type of position you currently hold or its pay grade. I am just saying that a nonprofit makes a significant amount less than any corporate job and the benefits are horrible. It IS very rewarding and that is why I love my job so I guess you have to weigh what is more important. I say go on an interview.
Post # 8
I say go for it! I’m trying to work in the creative side of the entertainment, so not stable at all, and sometimes I wish I became a teacher or something instead, but ultimately I’m so happy I’m doing something that I love 🙂
Post # 9
Thanks for all the advice ladies! It is a difficult decision because financial security is important to me, but money isn’t everything. Guess it wouldn’t hurt to apply and see what happens. I wouldn’t be obligated to take the job, so no harm in seeing what’s out there.
@lolapuppy: wow. I didn’t think pensions existed anymore. Lucky you!
Post # 10
Well think about it this way…. in 5 years, 10 years or even 20 years…. Will you look back on your life and smile or look back with regret? Money is material. So what if you have this big gorgeous house and all these “toys” if your miserable. You can be financially secure with the lower salary too… you just have to live below your means so you may have to sacrifice some “stuff”. Its just a matter of what is more important to you.
If I were you i’d just save up an “emergency fund” and pay off some debts if you have any (so you have less bills later) while your on the higher salary… That way if you do end up losing your job you have the cash in an emergency fund to live off of for a few months until you find another job. An emergency fund will act as a security blanket for your less secure job.
Post # 11
I would apply and see what happens. I worked for a non-profit for 3 years after college, and they pay was TERRIBLE! It seemed like they paid us so little, but the CEO made almost $300K and drove a BMW.
I am currently a teacher (and we all know how phenomenal teachers salaries are *sarcasm*) and I make $20K more than I was making at my non-profit job.