(Closed) Would you change jobs to improve your quality of life?

posted 7 years ago in Career
  • poll: Would you take a pay cut to improve your quality of life?
    Yes : (70 votes)
    88 %
    No : (3 votes)
    4 %
    Not sure : (7 votes)
    9 %
    Other : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 1991

    I absolutely would if you can afford it.  IMO, life is too short to spend it doing something you don’t absolutely love and/or are unhappy with.  Would you look back and regret not taking the job every time you drive by the hospital knowing you could have been closer?  Is the pay cut worth that?  Only you can answer that, but if it were me, I would.

    Post # 4
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    It would depend on a lot of factors.  Can we comfortably afford the pay cut? If it requires sacrafice, is it worth it?  Like if that extra 8k was the difference between financial freedom and having to be a lot more careful, I dont think I could do it.  But if I wouldnt even notice it was gone, then maybe.  How is the growth potential in your current job vs the new one?  It sounds like your current research position could open more doors.  Would you be bored in the new job or happy with the change of pace?

    Post # 7
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    2701 posts
    Sugar bee

    @MrsLongcoatPeacoat: Like piglet said, if you can afford it comfortably, go for it! I took a huge paycut for half the commute and NO STRESS. It was totally worth it.

    Post # 8
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    6394 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I guess it would depend on a lot of stuff. Personally, I’ve worked as an adminstrative assistant and I hated it. People end up being very rude to you and assuming you’re inferior to them in that job.

    ETA: Well, really, I guess it depends on the place you’re working at. This is just my experience and the experience of a few other women I know.

    Post # 9
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    2433 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    It sounds like the other job is a much more realistic position once you start a family. That would be central to my decision if I were in your shoes.

    Post # 10
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    1750 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @MrsLongcoatPeacoat: Its really not much of a pay cut because you will save hundreds a month in gas. Realistically the pay cut will be around 4k. Your time and sanity is worth that. Go for it!

    Post # 12
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Totally. My philosophy is that if I’m happy in my job and the quality of life it allows me, I’m not spending money on random things/meals/other incidentals to “get through” my workday and life in general. And since, as you said above, your current boss would still want to keep in touch and collaborate with you, you wouldn’t even be entirely losing the professional capital of the research connection! (I’m in grad school, so that element caught my eye.)

    Post # 13
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    1405 posts
    Bumble bee

    @Soladylike:  Don’t forget other vehicle expenses like oil changes, tires, insurace, etc.

    Post # 14
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    491 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    @Soladylike: That was going to be my point too. You could save so much in gas! Plus the extra 1.5 hour a night with Darling Husband (and eventually new baby) is priceless IMO. Tough decision though since your current job is challenging and fun!

    Post # 15
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    4824 posts
    Honey bee

    That isnt a huge paycut, so I definately would do it.

    Essentially, since you are saving so much time, you are putting a value on your time and what it is worth to you.

    Also, you could take the job and still look for a better paying job that you would still love while you work there. With the extra time you have, you would actually be able to do it!

    Post # 16
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    949 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @Sunflower–girl: Great point. OP, if you take it, definitely remember to contact your insurance company and update them on the length of your commute!

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