Thursday, November 17, 2005

Hypothetical Dilemma

What would you do?

Stay at a job where you make a comfortable living, short commute, great friend working with you...but work that you don't really like and the boss drives you nuckin futs...

OR

Take a leap of faith, go to a job where you're doing things you only dreamed you'd get to do one day, but work for a small company with no benefits, not the greatest commute and almost half the pay of above job (tho room for growth based on performance)?

14 Comments:

At 10:07 PM, Blogger muse said...

If you could afford it financially, the emotional benefits sure make the new job worthwhile. Healthwise the pleasure and challenge are better, and if the company is successful...

 
At 11:43 PM, Blogger Rory said...

Esther, this sounds a bit like the conundrum of whether it's better to marry for love or for money. But, Muse makes a good point about the health aspect. Having to work every day with a boss who drives you out of your mind can become awfully corrosive. But, I guess a lot would depend on whether you'd be able to manage on the lower salary. If you can, I'd probably say go for it.

 
At 12:02 AM, Blogger rockmother said...

I have had an extreme case of this dilemma, Option 2 involving moving continents!

Took Option 2. Haven't regretted it. Life is about change and adventure.

Muse and Rory are right to point up the health issue, too.

Question to ask: How would I feel in ten years if I stayed doing what I'm doing? How would I feel about myself?

Tough one, though! Inertia is very seductive...

 
At 5:59 AM, Blogger Mark said...

Take a leap of faith, go to a job where you're doing things you only dreamed you'd get to do one day, but work for a small company with no benefits, not the greatest commute and almost half the pay of above job (tho room for growth based on performance)?

Except for the growth part, this sounds like my current situation, and hey, I gotta get going on my twelve hour day right now!

This is a toughie.

Think hard on it and do a pro- and con- list. See which one outweighs the other. Aleways works for me.

 
At 7:06 AM, Anonymous Bozwell said...

Esther,

There is no choice to be made...

Take the leap, I would.

 
At 8:06 AM, Anonymous rachy said...

as long as you've got enough to pay the bills and eat then TAKE the leap, and even if you don't it's amazing how people managed to scrape by... Go for it

 
At 10:04 AM, Anonymous seawitch said...

Go for the leap of faith if you can afford it!!

 
At 4:17 PM, Blogger LASunsett said...

Can you live off of the lower salary? Can you afford to get sick without insurance?

If the answer is yes, to both, go for it.

 
At 4:32 PM, Blogger Esther said...

Thanks for the great advice, everyone. Might be a moot point. New place was supposed to contact me today to talk about getting together again on Monday... but they haven't. Probably found a younger person whose salary needs aren't as... well... high. Though I would have worked with them. As for insurance, I'm never without it. But it costs a fortune so I'd really like a job that would pay for it. As I said, it might be moot now. Regardless, your comments were terrific! Thank you so much.

 
At 3:46 AM, Blogger LASunsett said...

Esther,

I have found that doors open and doors close, both for reasons sometimes unknown to us.

The rules?

Never try to enter through a closed door and never fail to enter an open one.

Do that and things will always work out for the best.

 
At 10:57 AM, Blogger Gindy said...

I like this question. Without more info it is hard to say. Do some quick research before you take a leap of faith.

I personally like the idea of taking the leap especially if it will build your resume and contacts for the future. What are the odds that the small company will go out of business?

 
At 1:40 PM, Blogger birdwoman said...

I think I'm in the distinct minority where I stay where I am... any job is going to suck. That's why it's called work. If you can find some pleasure in your work, then what more can you really ask?

I'm very pragmatic. Can you tell?

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At 11:37 PM, Blogger patrickafir said...

Personally, I'd go for the latter, unless I needed the cash and benefits immediately. I think you kind of need to take your risks (especially the ones that inspire you) while you're young enough to bounce back if necessary.

 
At 5:06 PM, Blogger Esther said...

That's a wonderful way to put it, LA. Thanks.

Gindy, it's been around several years already and it just keeps growing.

BW, that's what I'm fighting...the pragmatic side. That and the side that is offended that with all my years in the field, they would be so freakin' cheap as to pay someone in that position so little. Course, if I get the job, I will be deleting this particular comment. ;)

patrick -- excellent point.

 

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