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work for love or $$$?

September 7th, 2005 at 02:47 pm

I have a job interview tomorrow in the field I want to work in. Starting at the bottom is, in my opinion, the only way I am going to break into this field, because I've been trying for three years and gotten nowhere. It's an assistant position, and I'm fairly certain it is going to pay less than what I'm making now. A lot less. As in, in New York City they are paying these people $22K per year.

I have to take a serious look at my budget and see just how low I can go and still pay the bills. But what do I do? Work in a position that might get my foot in the door and lead to something else down the line? Or work for the money? My car is dying a rapid death and I need to replace it. I can hardly afford to do that now, much less at a lower salary.

4 Responses to “work for love or $$$?”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Would this also require ridiculously long hours? Or could you find something part-time that could bring in some extra $$ lost by the salary change, but not completely ruin your quality of life?

  2. Anonymous Says:

    I think I could get a part time job. I'm not thrilled about giving up my free time, of course, but if it would make ends meet, I'd do it.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Sometimes we have to make that leap of faith and trust that things will work out. It isn't easy, and I'm the queen of making extensive pro and con lists. But sometimes, after all the analysis, we have to listen to what our gut tells us and follow that intuition. I know you've got a good handle on what your expenses are, and what your goals are as well, money-wise. If the job would at all work out in that regard, and it otherwise feels like a good leap, then I'd say go for it!

    Dh and I make about the same money now, altogether, that we were making 7-8 years ago, and yet somehow, we seem to be doing better. I guess where there's a will, there's a way. If the new salary would be so ridiculously below what you need to even scrape by, then yes, I think you would have to consider extra employment or something.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    You've gotta make the leap. I'm just going to be blunt.

    You hate your current job, its not what you want to do, your benefits are narrowing and you despise your co workers. Only your salary (which ain't that much) is keeping you there. Your new job is what you think that you want to do, or at least what you want to try to do, but you're facing the unknown, which is as equally terrifying as the drop in salary. You are balancing hate vs. the unknown. I've learned in my advanced age (43) to avoid regrets and what-ifs. Pick the unknown.

    And if you find that you enjoy your new job, you might find that you'll spend less money. It's weird how that works.

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