Post # 1
Im in my mid 30s and married for 3 years, no children.
My career has been a rollercoaster journey. Mix of redundancies, great travelling experiences and life lessons. All in a male dominated industry.
I got my latest role out of pure luck. They needed someone with senior experience but my skills and availability suited so I was hired. However its been 5 years and I’m starting to find it quite dull. I can complete a 2 week task in half the time and sit easy til the next one comes up. I’ve never seen any other role suitable to transfer into.
I’ve just been offered a new job (the company is nunber 1 in what I do) and can see myself moving around in other positions in the global company. The catch? The only position available is 20% less base wages + commission based.
Can’t decide if this is the time to try and move into something exciting or stay put for security sake. Anyone else experience similar situation?
Post # 2
- Wedding: January 2016 - 1950s themed bar
I’m a firm believer in loving what you do. You didn’t mention whether this pay cut would really affect your day to day living, and whether the commission could make up that extra 20%? Also, if you’re good at your job (sounds like you are) then surely you can move up the ladder fairly quickly? Another factor is the ability to move in a global company – that is an awesome opportunity and if your Darling Husband is up for it; perhaps you can live in a foreign country for a while! If you don’t think you can handle the boredom of your current job, and want more opportunities for growth, it sounds like the new job is perfect.
I haven’t experienced this as such…I graduated university, found out I hated office life (which is what my degree is largely good for), travelled and am now studying again at 25 for a new career. Not quite the same, but all my peers are settled and earning good money while I’m waitressing, but it’s all worth it for the sake of my sanity!
Post # 3
what does your husband say? If he’s supportive and financially you wont take too much of a hit, then why not? life is too short to stay at a dull job. Considering you spend most of your time at work rather than home, you want to make sure youre happy with that aspect as well.
Post # 4
- Wedding: January 2016 - 1950s themed bar
Oh, also, are you planning on having kids? This could also influence things
Post # 5
I’m in a similar situation and am staying at the boring high paying job.
-will it influence your day to day budget? If so how much?
I’ve finally gotten to the point where I am paying back a sizeable portion of my debt and really while I could deal with a paycut, it would put that main goal back much farther than I’d like
-Are you planning on having children soon?
We are ready to TTC the minute we get our debt down to a certain amount. Having a boring job means I am able to take off whenever I need without feeling quilty, & I’m not usually very stressed when I get home because I could careless about the work…
If the pay cut won’t hurt you, your not planning on kiddos soon, and/or your mr. is supportive I would totally go for the more challenging but lower pay job. My situation just doesn’t give me that option without postponing my main goals for much longer…
Post # 6
It depends on a lot of factors, but I say go where you feel more useful to the organization and where you feel like you see yourself in the next 3-5 years or so. Right now, my mindset is that I work so I can have someplace to go in the morning and have a paycheck. But I have some unique factors that make it so! It sounds like you’d regret staying in the boring job.
Post # 7
If they won’t give concessions on salary and you can live without the 20%; ask for an extra week of vacation, ask to work remotely, ask for whatever you want that is worth that 20% to you.
Is the company growing? Is there potential to regain your earnings ground?
Post # 8
That’s another issue! Hubbie and I are in our mid 30s but we’re really undecisive about kids purely due to career possibiites.
We’ve made a compromise that we’ll try for 1-2 years and if it doesn’t work out then it wasn’t meant to be. We’re the extremely adaptable kind.
Post # 9
The new company is definitely growing, however the pay is what I was getting about 5 years ago.
I’m guessing it will take about 3 years to get back to where I am now. However the fluctuation of company stocks and commission is what makes it unpredictable.
Post # 10
It depends on how much cushion you have for that kind of pay cut and how much you dislike your current job. Even if this new job sounds interesting, it may come with its own headaches that you won’t realize till you start. In the future, it might be nice to have the flexibility and downtime that you currently have with your job.
Tough call. Maybe you can negotiate more money at the new job to make the decision a little clearer.
Post # 11
“Even if this new job sounds interesting, it may come with its own headaches that you won’t realize till you start.”
Thanks craiglistgirl, you are correct.
After some consideration from this thread, I interrogated the recruiters a little further and did alot of online research about what current and past employees reviewed. Glad I did as I found that there would be a fair bit of after-hours work involved (every now and again). Local and international conferences, extra work to meet sales targets…definitely fun and a nice challenge if I was in my 20s and single.
Been pretty sad thinking I’ve let the one opportunity to work with my dream company move on, but I truly hope this is one of those moments where one door closes, another (better) door opens!