(Closed) Job for Money vs Happiness

posted 5 years ago in Relationships
  • poll: Which job should I take?
    1. Take the school job (less stress and more time to be happy) : (40 votes)
    77 %
    2. Stick with the finance job (more money = more happiness) : (9 votes)
    17 %
    3. Go part time with finance job (could be less stress) : (2 votes)
    4 %
    4. Look for other finance job : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
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    13099 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Money isn’t everything.  Having been in a job where I hated going to work every day but was paid well and now having taken an almost 50% pay cut and actually enjoying my job and feeling fulfilled, I’d take the job that I enjoy and makes me happy 100% of the time.

    Post # 4
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    933 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Of course you need to consider if a big change like this is right for you. I think you are pvery lucky to have the option of taking a pay cut. and it is nice to think you will still be able to contribute to the family financial situation in the form of reduced school tuition. is the stress at your current job working for you or not. i know at my job although it is stressful, there is a part of me that enjoys beeing the only one who can do my job, even though at the same time that is why i am stressed.  time for soul searching i guess 

    Post # 5
    Member
    543 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    go with the school job. you will be happier with less stress, and money is not everything.

     

    Post # 6
    Member
    1828 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    man id love to be able to work for a school! i think that will set you up to be in a great spot for when you start having kids. plus, summers off 🙂

    maybe you’ll find a way to use your finance skills within this new position

    Post # 7
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    2551 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I think jobs taken for $$ are great, for a limited period of time. I’ve been in the same high-stress job for nearly 5 years now only because the pay is great. I’m looking forward to the day we are able take a pay cut & still be ok- as soon as that happens I’m outta here & will gladly take a paycut for a less stressful job. I say go for it- I was looking into jobs at the local college and figured the tutition break alone (for us & our future kids) would makeup for whatever salary percentage would be lost. 

    Post # 9
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    933 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @Khlobee:  I don’t think you should think of it like, “I’ll take this job now but go back to finance in a few years.” That’s not really practical & also it will keep you from being in the moment. About being part time there – does that  mean 40 hours a week (since full time is 80) ?  Wouldn’t part time also mean part pay? So taking a 40% pay cut for the school job which you know will be slower paced is probably better than taking a 50% pay cut for a job you know will be stressful.  You might want to list out the things you don’t have time to do, to remind yourself the first time you feel bored. Like gym.

    Post # 10
    Member
    3160 posts
    Sugar bee

    Trust me…

     

    TAKE the Happiness.  Most people don’t have this opportunity.  Your life style won’t suffer.  I work in Finance too so I get what you are saying but I would have done the school job in a heart beat PLUS you can get a discount on school fees (pretty major, have you looked at school fees lately)?

    Post # 12
    Member
    527 posts
    Busy bee

    Personally, I would not be happy at a job with less stress.  I need to busy-ness to be happy at my job.  The best days are when you come in and 10 hours later, you are like, “I can’t believe it’s time to go home already!”

    Right now, my job has SO MUCH DOWN TIME.  I’ve been here for almost a year and a half, and I go nuts trying to keep busy!  I miss my old job where we never had enough time to do all the work.  I actually left that job because this one pays more, ironically…

    Post # 13
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    13099 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    @Khlobee:  Not for a second.  My sanity and happiness day to day is way better than the extra cash I gave up to get it.

    Post # 14
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    9142 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @Khlobee:  I am lucky to love my job but my FH hated his corporate job.  He was a pharmaceutical rep.  He hated it so much he finally just stopped going to work until they fired him.  He is much happier now working contracted positions for set periods of time which allow him to write which is what he really wants to do because it makes him happy.

    You have to figure out what situation will make you happiest.  Also, you have to protect yourself for just in case your FH keels over and dies one day or leaves you for another woman.  Which position is going to ensure that you can remain in the workforce enough that you could return fully or continue to earn an income that you could use to support yourself?

    Post # 16
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    6256 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2014

    Golden handcuffs are very hard to remove. Unfortunately, I know this from experience.

    Take the job that will make you happiest.

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