Post # 1
ive been trying to find a job for a while now. I am really happy because I now live in the same city as my fiancé. But, finding a job is still difficult. I have been offered a case management job. My major was Psychology in college so my job would consist of home visits to dangerous neighborhoods. I have been a case management intern and found this job to be extremely stressful, unsafe, and mentally exhausting. I really don’t want to take the job but its paying 25000 and I get great vacation days and do not have to work weekends. But they don’t reimburse me on gas so I guess by the end of it all, I’ll have about 23,000 per year. It’s alot of driving around and the company has horrible glassdoor reviews. I also got a salon receptionist job that is part time. I am a personal training and working on my additional training so I hope that and the salon receptionist job would be adequate.
I have plans to take my GRE and go into public health. no more law after looking at the market.I don’t think a case management job in mental health would help for public health. I guess I need some opinions bees. Is a full time job with benefits worth it if I’m feeling unsafe? I really don’t have a passion for the field but it’s one of the only full time jobs I am truly qualified for given my major. I am just so busy this year planning my wedding from long distance, studyig for the GRE, getting clients for personal training that I don’t know if I could handle a full time job.
Post # 2
Maybe try it out first? It might not be as scary as you think. My mom works for the gov and has to go in bad neighrboors and their houses and even though she’s scared she says theyre really just people and aren’t so bad themselves, but her job has nothing to do with mental health or social work so that would be scary.
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2014 - Church
In my experience no job is worth your mental health. I used to teach and was paid $49,000.00 per year. The job practically destroyed me. I am now in a different career after going back to school, earn considerably less than that but I love what I do and work with great people. I would say give the job a chance and if you really are struggling and find it unbearable then I would explore going back to school and looking at a career change. Only you know what is best for you though. Good luck!
Post # 4
is $25k the going rate for this kind of job in your city?
is there a way the job could provide you with an escort when you go to some of the neighborhoods.
at my high school job, one of the respirtory therapists had to make home visits and took an escort with her to some places where she felt unsafe.
Post # 5
ajillity81: I can’t do that 🙁 they are also making me use my personal number to interact with clients.
Post # 6
charismacharm: doesn’t sound worth it to me. and taxes, health insurance, etc take about 1/3 of your paycheck.
Post # 7
ajillity81: Ditto this. Unless you live somewhere really, really cheap, you can’t live on that salary very well at all. You’ll have weekends and vacation, but no money to do anything fun.
I used to live in Philly making about $32k and was quite strapped, despite budgeting well, not having extra things (cable, data plan, etc). Not worth it to me.
Post # 8
Absolutely not worth it. The pay is low, you’re possibly jeopardizing your safety, and just like ajility stated, taxes will take a chunk of that out too. I know being unemployed is not a fun place to be, but safety and mental health first!
Post # 9
charismacharm: Honestly, I wouldn’t do it. I have a Bachelor’s in Psych, as well, and I considered entering this line of work for a brief time. Now, I would never consider it, especially for that amount of money. Not to mention my Fiance would never allow it (that sounds bad, but he wouldn’t). I have friends who are social workers and I know from talking to them about their experiences that it is an extremely demanding, emotionally taxing, and dangerous job. I think you can find something better for that salary. It may not be in your field, but your health and safety are priority.
Post # 10
charismacharm: Always go with your gut – especially when it comes to your general safety. Unless you are super tight on finances / or this is your dream job – I wouldn’t go for this one.
Post # 11
- Wedding: November 2014 - 11/15/14-Vineyard
I wouldn’t do it. High stress, low money, questionable security, using your own car with no reimbursement. Not worth it in the long run. Stay where you are, do as much as you can to move forward and the right job will come along. Don’t settle. Do what you love.
Post # 12
charismacharm: You cannot put a price on your mental health. I have done similar work and I would not go back to it. I’m also currently looking for work, and there are lots of jobs like this here…but I am very blessed that my Fiance does not want me to be stressed out all the time as I was before we moved. He tells me that if working fast food makes me happy, work in fast food. I’d rather work 2 low-stress part time jobs than 1 high stress full time in a bad area. <br /><br />Don’t take a job out of desperation. You seem to know that it won’t be good for you. Another job will come along.
Post # 13
I don’t think it’s worth it. You’re considering your income pre-tax – after taxes you’ll be out about 1/3 of that. Nowhere near enough to adequately compensate you for that.