Post # 1
Just out of curiosity, I thought I’d start a poll on this since I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately.
Let’s say you could choose between two jobs:
1) An exciting job that pays extremely well, but you have to constantly be networking and playing politics to secure your job.
2) A so-so exciting job that pays enough to live comfortably, but not more. The job offers absolute safety, though, and lots of time off. There is no way, unless say you commit some sort of crime, that you could be fired.
Which would you choose?
Post # 2
geneva2: To me, you’re not addressing something fundamental – what do you enjoy?
Do you enjoy networking and ‘playing politics’, or do you enjoy taking time off and taking things easy?
From the tone on your post, it sounds like you prefer the second option (Linguist over here!), but would want the financial benefits of the other job.
If you’re in a position to negotiate, and you do prefer the second job, negotiate a better salary package for Job #2.
Post # 3
RhianfaHW: A linguist eh? Cool!
Actually, this isn’t the exact choice I’m facing at the moment.. my Fiance has an opportunity to take a very safe job, which we think would be a good step in terms of stability in order to start a family. But the money consideration isn’t really the biggest issue against (except to say: we could potentially save money for the possibility of any employment gaps). There are other things in favor of staying (he loves his job now, there would be a bit more opportunity to move back to my home country permanently one day, etc) but I thought it would be interesting to hear perspectives on the issue of safety.
Anyway, one way or the other, I’m grateful we have options like this at all..
Post # 4
geneva2: If you’re hoping to start a family and move to a new country, I’d probably go for the stable option.
Good luck with your choice though 🙂
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
We chose safety. Mr. Lk could be a contractor, demand (and get) a much higher income, and spend a lot of time building and maintaining his network. But honestly, that’s not what is right for him and for us as a family. Mr. LK does not enjoy financial uncertainty, the fact that you are pretty much constantly on the hunt for a new employer each time your contract comes up (just in case the contract isn’t renewed and your employer does not have another contract for you to work on), etc. Being a contractor pays well, but it’s not worth the stress that the uncertainty puts on him. So he chose the stable job that pays less (enough to cover the bills and save, but a lot less than his full earning potential) and is more consistent. It is the right choice for him and for us. YMMV.
Post # 6
Darling Husband kind of had this option. He is an attorney and in his office he had two options;
1. take on his own personal clients and earn what he earns from the work he does for them. The potential to earn a bunch of money is there if you get the right clients and they pay you. A lot of clients though, just don’t pay you.
2. continue what he is doing which is kind of being the office back up. He is paid s stable sallary, but he works at the whim of the other attorneys. He typically writes briefs, but will some times at a moments notice be sent across the state to cover a case for an attorney that is busy.
He chose to stay with the more stable sallary position. He prefers not dealing with picking out clients and hoping that they will settle the bill when it comes.
Post # 7
geneva2: Safety! That’s how live now and we are able to save money for the future, our daughter and for something we want.
Post # 8
I’m awful at networking (and playing politics), but even if I wasn’t, safety is way more important to me. And lots of time off would be amazing.
Post # 9
geneva2: I’m all about safety, but the second job you describe doesn’t seem challenging enough, so I doubt I would enjoy working there for a long time. I don’t particularly enjoy networking, it’s not easy to me since I’m really much of an introvert, but I still do it because I’m ambitious and I’d like to advance in my career, so I’m staying aware when it comes to opportunities. Plus, by having a bigger income, you can save money and create your own security. Might you ever lose your job, your savings will allow you to job hunt and still enable you to pay your bills.
Post # 10
- Wedding: Cottage on the Creek
Theres no worse feeling than getting laid off. Safety all the way.
Post # 11
geneva2: for me, it would depend on 2 things – how secure is job #1 – is it a week to week thing or is there a reasonable amount of security. #2 – does Darling Husband make enough/are our savings healthy enough that if job goes poof we’re okay for an extended period of time.
Post # 12
Thanks for your thoughts and feedback guys!
Post # 13
I highly value time off – so I picked the second job!
Post # 14
depense on your stage of life. (age/social responsibility/life plan)