Question

China
August 3, 2008 8:46am CST
Would you take a lower paying job if it made you happier or would you stick with the money
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9 responses
• Philippines
3 Aug 08
I can relate with this discussion. Here in the Philippines, we teachers suffer from great financial unstability. But still, we don't leave our jobs just like that. Despite our income, a few thousand pesos, I've stayed in my current job for more than three years. Thank God, I was endorsed by the coordinator to be promoted, Now I'm a Casa Director. But still, I'm becoming more attracted in earning more than what I am earning today. If only schools will offer great deals with us, no Filipino teacher will be found teaching other nationals. I'm looking for schools abroad though. Care to share? hehe
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@maximax8 (28547)
• United Kingdom
3 Aug 08
I know that money does not make people happy. I would take a lower paid job if it made me happier. Stressful jobs are often not worth doing and take their toll on the employees happiness. In my second year of being a teacher I did some supply teaching. One school I hated but my agency kept me there. The teacher from New Zealand also hated it so she didn't sign her contract and left. Then I taught at a rough school and behavior was poor. I stayed there two and a half weeks. I began to understand why the teacher had suffered a nervous breakdown. Luckily I have taught in some lovely schools since then.
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• United States
10 Aug 08
Hi, Katherleen, I am facing this very dilema at this time. I work as a hospital laboratory technologist. The hospital I work at is going through a process that is supposed to increase the quality of patient care. In the laboratory, all it has seem to accomplish so far is to turn the workplace environment into a hellish nightmare. The old adage "work smarter, not harder" no longer applies, it is "work harder, not smarter". The idea is to increase productivity with fewer employees in a smaller space. I want to change careers and go back to college. But, I am 57 years old. Hopefully I don't have that long in the workforce before retirement, which works against changing careers. Also, my wife says I gotta stay because the pay is so good (especially after 20+ years experience). Plus we still have some bills needing to be paid. I feel as if I am trapped in a very well paying job, but I am beginning to despise where I work. I know that once I've hit my 'intolerance' level, I'll leave and try to figure out what to do next. Final answer is yes I would, but only after thinking about long and hard. By the way, good discussion topic...
• United States
3 Aug 08
I would definitely take the lower paying job if I was certain that I would be happier.
@ngaspero (851)
• Italy
3 Aug 08
Yes if I can leave also with the lower paying job, otherwise with a family to care I would say no Nun
@Tianna2 (1274)
• United States
3 Aug 08
I think if I could afford to take the job I would if it was something I like doing but if I wasnt making enough to get by I really couldnt because a girl needs to eat! Cheers, Tianna
@howard96h (11658)
• New York, New York
3 Aug 08
I would rather have a lower paying job where I am happy than a higher paying job and be miserable every day.
@vicky30 (4777)
• India
3 Aug 08
It would be better to take a job.It would be very boring to sit idle the whole day.If i get a job with less salary.no problem.I would work there and at the same time try for a better job with higher paying salary.
@elsoft12 (1825)
• India
3 Aug 08
For me ..Being happy is more important..I dont mind taking up a lower paying job,if its more satisfying than a high paying once...which I cant enjoy doing.