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i am about to return to work...and here's the thing...

the job i really want would require that i take a 3000 pay cut. (basically putting me back at entry level when i have 3.5 years experience).

the job i don't really want would pay me approx. what i was making before i returned to school.

my question is: what would you do?

need some sort of sounding board.



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It would be a hard decision. I am not sure what I would do myself if I were in your situation. However, sometimes being happy is a little bit more important than having money. It just depends on whether or not you can afford the pay cut.


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Originally posted by amelie
my question is: what would you do?

The question is whether you need the 3K more than the extra job satisfaction from the lower-paying job.

How long you stay at that job would also be a factor for me.

Say, if I were planning on going to med school in a year or two, and I knew that I could use the extra money to beat down some debt before matriculating, then I'd suck it up and work for more money with less satisfaction.

If I planned on staying at a job for more than a couple of years, and personally, I get sick of crappy situations real quick, then I'd take the more satisfying job since job satisfaction is what I'm looking for here.

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