Would you take a job that's "below you"?

United States
March 14, 2008 2:24pm CST
So I currently have a master's degree and quite a bit of experience in my field. I've been unemployed since last fall because we moved to a small town near Mexico and I don't know Spanish. We don't HAVE to have extra income, but I'm starting to get bored at the house even though I'm taking coursework online. So, should I start looking for an entry level job outside of my field even though I know I could make sure if I was able to find a job in my field? Would this be "stooping" below where I am or where I should be? Have you done that before? How was it for you if you have? Did anyone look down on you?
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@barehugs (8986)
• Canada
14 Mar 08
Was Abe Lincoln worried that someone was "looking down" on him, when he was working on a Farm splitting rails? Honest work is Never below anyone, anytime! If you were working to commit a fraud, or steal a car you would be "stooping" below where you are or where you should be! So get out there, and dig a ditch or clean a toilet, and Be proud of what you're doing, and Who You Are!
• United States
14 Mar 08
Thank you - I think I needed that! It just seems that everyone who knows me seems to expect "great things" of me and my profession. It's just a little difficult to see myself doing something else.
@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
15 Mar 08
I've done it. At the time, I was happily oblivious to the idea of work beneath me but other people were not. When I left college, I took a job in a book store in Philadelphia. It didn't pay well and there were no benefits but I was around books all day, I learned a lot and I loved it. Everybody bugged me about when I was going to find a "real" job. Eventually I did get a "real" job as a caseworker which I grew to hate along with every subsequent "real" job. I'd learned how to book scout when I worked in the shop and I kept my hand in for many years before finally starting my own bookselling business which I love as much as I loved that first bookselling job. I don't intend to ever retire. I guess I basically feel that if you find work that interests you and where you can learn something, it's worth doing and should not be considered "beneath" you. You have an advantage, in that you don't need the money right now. The only reason I ever left that wonderful little bookstore was that I did need the money.
• United States
15 Mar 08
It sounds like you were very lucky finding something that you love and now are able to make money with it! I only wish I could be that lucky here.
@tinkerick (1256)
• United States
14 Mar 08
First, as long as it's a job that you will enjoy, go for it. I'd only call it "stooping" if you were to settle for a job that you didn't really want. Just because we educated ourselves within a certain field does not mean we should limit ourselves to that field. Even if it means starting at entry level. That is how we learn new things, by starting at the bottom and working our way up. Personally I probably have the qualifications (through experience, not education) to fit into higher positions that what I am, but because I don't really want the pressures of those high-end postions I purposely seek the work that is "lower end". In simpler terms - I have experience enough to be an IT manager, but prefer the Administrative Assistant jobs. Mainly because once in that position, and my skills are shown, I'm usually moved into a more technical capacity. Thus I am considered the Admin Asst/Network Admin. I've never had anyone look down on me for this. Quite the opposite. My skills usually make me more "desirable" and therefore makes me more secure in a job that I enjoy.
@tinkerick (1256)
• United States
17 Mar 08
You do note that you don't HAVE to have the extra income. So just another thought, if it's a matter of boredom and not income, you could volunteer at local organizations (i.e. YMCA, YWCA, Red Cross, Hospitals, Animal Shelters, etc.) to bide your time. It's enjoyable because it's rewarding in the non-monetary sense.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
14 Mar 08
why did you move to mexico? why not try to learn spanish firstly and then see what you can do? i think to learn spanish first is totally your best bet especially if you plan to stay there for any length of time. also, looking down on a person sadly, is very common...
• United States
14 Mar 08
Actually we didn't move to Mexico - we're just in a bordertown in Texas. I have a the Rosetta Stone for Spanish, but it's taking time!
@rinaaus (1203)
• Australia
16 Mar 08
I think you are better get out and find any job even below or higher. I think we only consider or compare thing when we are in good conditions, but at your conditions I don't think you should wonder it is lower than your degree, because i believe if you are good , when you take a job by the time you will get promote. I you can not go straight find another ways. I have done it before so I'm confident to say go find any jobs that can save your situation first.
• United States
15 Mar 08
If it's a matter of unemployment vs. a job that's entry level, I'd take the entry level job. It may not be the dream job, but it pays the bills, and it's temporary. I always tell myself I can handle anything on a temporary basis, including ignorant morons looking down on me, if that's the case. You gotta do what you gotta do. Not to mention the fact that entry level jobs make the world go round, too. Where would be without data entry people? And Janitors? Mailroom clerks?
• China
15 Mar 08
I think you just need to communicate to others. Yes you are taking coursework online, but you need real colleagues. it's funny to try in another field you not good at. just leave home and go to work you will up yourself easily.