(Closed) Safety vs Money? (POLL)

posted 4 years ago in Career
  • poll: Money or Safety?
    Money (Job #1) : (4 votes)
    9 %
    Safety (Job #2) : (41 votes)
    91 %
  • Post # 2
    496 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

    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 # 4
    496 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

    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
    7311 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • 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
    2945 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    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
    5958 posts
    Bee Keeper

    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
    860 posts
    Busy bee

    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
    2890 posts
    Sugar bee

    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
    382 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: Cottage on the Creek

    Theres no worse feeling than getting laid off. Safety all the way. 

    Post # 11
    11657 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    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 # 13
    9548 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I highly value time off –  so I picked the second job!

    Post # 14
    59 posts
    Worker bee

    depense on your stage of life. (age/social responsibility/life plan)

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