(Closed) Would you accept a dead-end job for higher pay?

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 2
474 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

No. For me to be the best I can be in my career I would need to keep striving and having a goal.

Post # 3
1306 posts
Bumble bee

Unless I was strapped for money and had to do what I had to do (FI/husband was unemployed, I had kids relying on me, etc), absolutely not.  To me, no growth potential is what makes a job horrible (along with the obvious ones like bullying and sexual harassment). 

I’m 25, and followed the higher paying jobs straight into a dead end.  I hate where I am now, and I have no growth potential.  Not being marketable (I have an odd skillset, great, but odd) is really hurtful.

After paying the bills for my wedding and saving up a bit to pad my savings to take classes, I’m going back to nursing school.  I will take a paycut as a nurse, but it will be worth my while.  

My recommendation?  If you’re young and someone isn’t completely taking advantage of you salary wise, always pick the job with better opportunity.  Money will come and go.  

Post # 5
305 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Personally, I would. I’m all about the work/life balance. I had a really high paying job full of growth opportunities and it was awful. I quickly realized maybe I don’t want to be so high up, etc. To me, as long as I enjoy the actual day to day, I don’t care anymore if it doesn’t lead me to growth. I say this knowing that my husband makes a really good salary working for the government and he has 100% security and opportunity to grow. We would both like me to stay at home once we have kids also, so career goals aren’t as important to me as they once were before I met him. You just have to weigh your priorities and see if everything that comes along with a higher career move is something you’re willing to live with. Good luck with your decision. All the best 🙂

Post # 6
255 posts
Helper bee

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Cyri:  hmmmm 70% increase is hard to turn away from, but I echo PPs in saying I wouldn’t trap myself in a dead end job just because of money. 

I have to admit, I’m never heard of a job that truly has NO transferable skills. Maybe you can give us a little more information (current job, job prospect, dream job, age) and we can brainstorm if the job would actually be a dead end or not.

Post # 7
3697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I would take the money, especially if it was for less/better hours.  

Post # 8
622 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

It sort of depends. I’m 30 and I’m a CPA (public accountant). I really, really don’t like it and picked it as a career in my early 20s because I know I needed a special skill set and something I could do anywhere in the country. I recently moved to NJ (I move around a lot with my fiance who is a pilot) and took a high paying job with no growth potential in a niche market that I hate the least. It’s fine. I’m not like jumping out of bed every morning excited to go to work but I’m not miserable either. I’m the type of person who will probably have all kinds of different careers through my life and I’ve spent enough time in accounting to know that I don’t ever want to be in a managerial role in this field, so I kind of set myself up to not worry about being promoted (I know, it sounds terrible). It just depends on the kind of person you are and what you want for your future.

Post # 9
150 posts
Blushing bee

I did. I’ve been working here for a little over a year now and the money is definitely worth it. I don’t regret the decision but I do wonder what I will do when I get bored of it. It’s sales so I know I could find something else when the time comes.

Post # 10
15020 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I would, but I’m not someone who finds joy and fullfillment from work and can’t think of any job/career that I am passionate enough about.  To me, a job is a means to earn money so that I can enjoy aspects of life that the money affords me – financial freedom, nice home, new cars, vacations, savings, healthy retirement funds so i can stop working.

Post # 11
3064 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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Ms.PatientBee:  Yes I would also like to here why a promotion with a 70% pay increase would hinder future job prospects? Or truly be a dead end?

 I would take it, nbut I am a “work to live” not “live to work’ type person.

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Post # 12
7368 posts
Busy Beekeeper

I would. I mean its not like your a stuck in that job forever. You need to have a plan of action to take the benefits for what they are, but still keep in mind future prospects at another company. 

Post # 13
476 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

That’s a no for me, a career is more about doing something I love rather than the money. I need to grow. I’m also an indie writer, so my view is a little different than other’s I guess.

Post # 14
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Honestly,  If I had the opportunnity I would.  I only say this because I am trying to leave my own job now for something that pays better and also treats me well.

Post # 15
471 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Drury Lane Oakbrook


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Cyri:  It depends on what your career goals really are.  Management isn’t for everyone and there are a lot of people who would prefer to just stay where they are, make a comfortable living, and not climb the ladder.  But if you are an ambitious person at heart, know that even though you accept this job to make as much money as you can, you will probably wake up one morning wondering why you’re doing this.  It will burn you out fast.  If you think you can be satisfied doing this one position for a very long time, then go for it.

Also, you will be less marketable if that 70% pay increase is way above average for your field.  If you do end up looking for another job in the future, would you be willing to take a pay cut?

Personally, I took a job last year that was a 50% pay increase.  It’s definitely not “dead end” and there is a ton of room for advancement, but I notice how people above me spend their time in so many meetings and deal with a lot of pressure.  I get e-mails from them late at night or very early in the morning.  Work/life balance is really important to me, especially as we will be starting a family soon, and I’m starting to question if the career goals I’ve had for several years are really how I want to spend my life.

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