Post # 1
I’ve posted before about my job woes and months later, I’m here with an update! Today, I was offered a position in the psychiatry department at a major university near where I live. I would be a program assistant, so I would be providing support to the project managers, specifically working in mental health research on the current opioid crisis. It would be very different from what I’m doing now, since I’ve been working as an adminsitrative assistant in fundraising at a university for the last four years and I’ve found the work generally boring and unfufilling. Plus for the last 1.5 years, I’ve been working for a nightamre of a boss. I already have an anxiety disorder and working for this woman just skyrocketed it completely.
I did some soul searching here on the Bee back in March and realized that my dream career would be working as a therapist or social worker. Since I’ve realized this, I’ve started volunteering at the local crisis clinic and trying to get as much experience as I can. This lead me to applying for the job I accepted today. I’m thrilled about the position and am so excited to begin working towards my real career goals.
BUT this position is a pay cut from what I’m currently making. Not an astronomical one, but I’d be making $3.5-4 less per hour than what I am now. This translates to a few hundred less a month. I live in a really expensive area and I’ve been able to make it work at my current salary, but I’m worried about taking a pay cut. Especially because my fiance just took one as well and our lease is up in December, meaning they’re going to raise our rent. I know deep down that this is my dream job and is the perfect role for me, but I need to hear some validation that I’m not crazy for taking a pay cut for it.
Does anyone have any experience with trading in a medium salary for a more fulfilling job?
Post # 2
I just went though this, but opposite. I was offered a higher paying job, but I’m really happy where I am. Dilemma.
I ended up taking the money, because pound for pound the pay increase was such an amount that it was worth more than my attachment to my workplace.
You have to weigh it up: is you happiness worth $4 an hour? Will you be more fulfilled? Pound for pound, is the $4 cut enough to justify not taking a job in a field that could make you happy?
On the flip side, if it will cause you financial strain, and make the rest of your life harder, then it’s perhaps not worth it, and it might not be the right time.
Can you make it work with a $4 cut? If you can, I say GO for it. Even if you have more month and the end of your money. Even if you have to maybe eat out less or make another small sacrifice. Career fulfillment is SO important.
Post # 3
sbl99 : thank you for sharing! I added up my monthly expenses and should be able to make it work with the new pay. My new boss told me that I’ll get a dollar pay raise within a year and there’s lots of room for growth within the department, plus I’d be doing so much more than just answering the phones and organizing for parking. I’d be working with experts in the field on breakthrough research and making connections. I think I’ll be able to take the bus to work now and maybe I can lower my car insurance bill a bit because I won’t be driving as much. I’m already pretty frugal honestly and am doing more than okay now. I think it’s just a psychological hang up.
Plus within 6 months to a year, my fiancé will also be getting a substantial raise and then I won’t have to worry about our rent as much. I’m just sad because this one thing is keeping me from being ecstatic about this dream job. This is all I’ve wanted so why am I so nervous?
Post # 4
queenbatgirl : The you have your answer – go for it girl!!
Post # 5
Your mental heath is way more important than a few dollars an hour!!!
I was in a position where the environment in the office was rather toxic. An opportunity came about where i was able to work from home at a different position but take a pay cut, i took it and couldnt be happier. Also dont forget, you can end up working your way back up to the salary your comfortable with or negotiate your value after a bit in your new position
Post # 6
That’s so true! I had a long heart to heart with my aunt and she has me convinced that this is the path I need to embark on. It’s scary and new but it’s going to lead to great things!