Is it better to have a job you dislike with great pay or a job you love with lousy pay?
to be honest I have no idea. Right now I am at a job that has decent pay (would like it to be more but then again I think everyone always wants more) and the health insurance is great, hours are easy usually less than 40 per week, tons of sick and vacation days only 20 minutes from my house so life is good right? WRONG. I am beyond MISERABLE here because its a job I never wanted. I got laid off my dream job and had to take this miserable job at this tiny company because I was unemployed. This is not what I want to do, I work with idiots and I am not learning anything just coming in, doing what I have to and collecting a paycheck. I am desperate to get out and have even applied to jobs making about the same salary as here because I am at the point that as long as I make the same I rather work longer hours, travel further to get there and do whatever else just to have a job I enjoy. Somewhere that I don't wake up every morning crying just at the thought of having to show up.
nycgrl - I do believe that you have made me feel better about my job! Your story is so sad The job you have now sounds great in theory, but I completely understand how disappointed and disillusioned you must be. I can't imagine how it must feel to lose a job that you love, as I have never had one I felt THAT good about.
I, too, start my day in misery when my alarm goes off at 4:45 am (and I am a night owl), so that I can be at work by 6:00 to do mindless tasks like mark prices up or down, put up and take down sale signs, and print thousands of signs off of a printer (of which we throw away atleast half). Over the years I had worked my way up into management which I first really liked, then liked, then tolerated, and eventually hated when the stress became too much. Then I voluntarily stepped down the ladder to the ridiculously mundane job that I have now. I have WAY too much time invested to quit just yet. I am stuck hanging in until Halloween of this year, when I can actually take early retirement (which for me means collecting a lump sum payment and a small monthly pension). I am happily marking the days off my calendar, but atleast there is an end in sight and a carrot waiting for me. I'm just concerned about the next beginning...unfortunately I am not in the position to stay "retired". I need to bring in some money to supplement the pension atleast until Social Security (if it's still around) kicks in.
I hope things get better for you soon. I have the feeling that we are nowhere near alone in our frustration and disenchantment. It could be worse - we could be unemployed rather than underemployed.
Been there, done that. Just keep plugging away at that job search.
It depends on the person. I have zero attention span when I am bored so I have to have a job I find interesting in order to perform even adequately. That said I also managed to find one that pays pretty well.
Lucky you! I'm burned out on one career and looking for another - I myself am leaning to satisfaction being more important IF the pay is enough to get by on. No bridges burned yet though...
As you say, if it pays enough to get by on and perhaps a little more then a job you like is far more important. Nearly 1/3 of your life will be spent on the job, or nearly 1/2 of your waking hours. Given that, a job you hate is in no way worth it outside of absolute necessity. Massive numbers of toys won't make it OK, either.
That's what I'm thinking...the job I have now is pretty pointless and frustrating. I know that no job is perfect, but I would atleast like to have one that holds my interest and helps accomplish something worthwhile. I could probably get the satisfaction from volunteering somewhere, but I do still need an income. It would be nice to get paid for doing something I care about. And I totally agree about the toys - no stuff is worth selling your soul for...
My kids' father and I joke how we've turned into people who no longer expect any reward from work - just "the bucks". There were so many lucrative careers we snubbed because we didn't think they'd be rewarding. Now, after living as adults for a few decades, we joke (but are kind of serious) that we should have gone into one of those "unrewarding" but more lucrative careers. Of course, one difference is that we now have our kids, so how rewarding" any work is doesn't matter as much as it did when we were, say, 22/25 and childless.
I don't know... Once you've built yourself as a person, and your life outside whatever you work is - you don't always need the kind of reward from work that you once thought was important.
Big enough "bucks" makes any job just that much more likable. (The ultimate in hell: Low-paying job without a shred of redeeming value or reward. )
Nothing is worse than a job that is pointless or where you work around negative people all the time.
If I had to chose I would go for less pay and more fun.
I agree that if you have other areas in your life that you can get enjoyment out of then maybe going for the less rewarding job but more money IS better.
I'm at the point in my life, and was while growing up, that I wanted a job I loved and didn't care about money.
However, I'll admit, more money sounds nice
Keep looking for a new job while you have a job. Also, bear in mind that your situation is much better than having a low paying job that you hate. You are definitely not unique.
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