Would you quit the job you love just to earn more?

Philippines
April 26, 2009 10:40am CST
I've been in my teaching profession for almost 4 years and I definitely can say that I really love my job. I became regular sooner than I expected and I have good working relationship with my colleagues. I also enjoy meeting different people from all walks of life and how unique they are from one another. I am learning a lot from them and they have great effect on my maturity. However, the recent economic crisis hit our family very hard that I have to find ways to earn more to compensate for our daily needs. My salary is just above minimum and there's no possibility for me to have a tutorial because it won't fit in my already hectic schedule. I am now in a dilemma that if I want to earn more, I must quit my job and go abroad and try my luck there. If you were in my shoes, what would you do?
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@kezabelle (2985)
26 Apr 09
While money is not everything if you can not afford basic items (even if you budget and cut back on things like internet access etc) then yes id leave a job i love, my family comes first to me over any job il do what i need to to provide them with things they need!
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• Philippines
27 Apr 09
I must admit, we've been living in a luxurious life...surely cutting our unnecessary things will help a lot in our expenses, I just hope every member of my family will cooperate...
• United States
26 Apr 09
I would pray about it. It seems like you are getting more from the job that you have now besides money. a lot of people would like to have what you are having on your job right now because the economy is so bad, they have to stay at a place where they hate and don't get along with their colleagues very well. I know because I'm in the same mess now. If I had what you had, I would definitely stay and pray about my options.
• Philippines
26 Apr 09
Yes, really, having a good working atmosphere will really help a lot to ease our stress from the job that is one reason I am hesitant to go.
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• United States
26 Apr 09
Depending on what the situation was. In this economy, I probably would just to make ends meet. If it was a few years ago, I probably would not.
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• Philippines
26 Apr 09
I would quit my job if I ain't happy with it anymore, and if my colleagues are someone that I don't get along with. I just recently quit my job not because I don't like, it's because I was pursuing a different field of work which ever since I wanted. I think it's really important to get a job that you will feel comfortable of working instead of just getting a big dough from it. Although money is a big issue too, however I always think we can weigh things out evenly with the things we want in life for our needs and necessities. I would like to earn more of course, I don't want to be a hypocrite, but yea, of course I wouldn't say no to money (especially when it comes from good and from my hardwork). But I'd still prefer living a simple life, working abroad isn't bad just as long as you work hard and you have the faith that you'll grow from it, and never forget where you came from and always keep your feet on the ground.. Wish you luck if you plan of going abroad..
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@mimimeow (295)
• Hong Kong
26 Apr 09
One thing is are you sure you can definitely earn more / find a job if you go aboard? I don't know how desperate with money you and your family are now. But a great job you can enjoy is not something easily found especially doing something you wanted. I am just worry that you will earn more but you will be unhappy or even regret about what you've done. But just as I've said, I don't know what the situation of your family is in, and you have to consider your own priority. Besides, are there anyway to solve the financial crisis other then you going to work aboard?
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• Philippines
26 Apr 09
Well, I have a sure work abroad since I have a friend there whose willing to help me but the length of the job is unclear.
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@JOIEMARVIC (2342)
• Philippines
27 Apr 09
Yes, I would change my job even if I love it to earn more. The times are very trying right now so to earn more is one of my goals right now.
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• Philippines
27 Apr 09
For me, it is still best to have a job which will give you good salary and at the same time make you happy. There is no point for me staying in the job which will make my family hungry. There are many teaching opportunities somewhere.
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@KUSHANK55 (2437)
• India
27 Apr 09
better stay there and capitalise on it. add parttime jobs like tuitions if at all possible or some computer work or some hobby can be capitalised!!
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@mrsl2008 (635)
26 Apr 09
I'm sorry to hear your in this situation. It must be a really difficult decision to make. If you need to make ends meet & you can earn more doing something else, I would do this to keep my family afloat but it would only be whilst it was necessary. As soon as I could return to the job I love, I would. I hope you make the right decision x We'll all be here on mylot if you need the support. Good luck Mrsl x
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@jane1981 (79)
26 Apr 09
i think alot depends on other aspects of your life such as how old you are, if you have children etc. if you are young and have no children i'd say go for it - you can always come back to teaching later on or try teaching abroad you still get to do the job you love whilst see the world at the same time. however if you have strong commitments in where you are now i'd say stay - you love the job and the grass is not always greener on the other side. i think overall it depends on other aspects of your life. hope this helps. keep me updated
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@jayrene (2713)
• Philippines
27 Apr 09
your post is a bit unclear to me... by saying family, what do you mean by that? you are married with kids? or still staying with your parents and bros/sisters... because if i am in your shoes, i will not leave my present job. going abroad will not guarantee that i will earn more. what if i resign and then wont be able to find a good job abroad? the financial crisis is global, it is not just in your place. you may find a job there but you are not sure if you will not get laid off... everyone in the family should help, husband, brother sister, even parents can do their little helping to earn. this are hard times and just waiting to be fed is not a good thing to do. times are hard but there are still other ways to earn even for a little amount, that when it adds up it will really help.
• Philippines
27 Apr 09
I am living with my parents and I don't have my own family yet. My parents are still working and doing their share in the finances. It just so happen that I am the one in-charge of budgeting so I have to make both ends met every day.
@jayrene (2713)
• Philippines
27 Apr 09
not to offend you ok... if all of you are working, and sharing in the expenses, how come you're still having a hard time budgeting? makes me wonder what kind of buying you are doing... just to give an example here... i have my own family, 3 kids, and my husband's job doesn't give a minimum salary, in fact it's just like a little over of what the minimum is here in my place. we have our house on mortgage and we pay monthly for it, utilities - electric, water, internet. our food, we have a car but it does not eat up on our budget as it runs on water, we have 2 dogs (we have to feed them also), i have a baby (think of milk and diapers). with that said, we still have food on our table, i can still pay the house and the utility bills monthly. so i am really wondering, why you're having a hard time budgeting considering 3 people are working in your family. i dont shop that much though. although i help in the family income, by sideline but its not monthly, and its only a little amount. and the earnings i have here on the net, i am still not cashing it out yet, it's still in my PP and AP accounts. these are hard times and having so many wants (material things) in life or buying anything that is not really needed, is not the right time. i am not saying that you shouldn't buy the things that you want, you have to reward yourself sometimes because you deserve it, you've worked for it, all i'm saying is that, dont spend too much on unnecessary things, not now.
• Philippines
28 Apr 09
oh, I failed to mention that we are 6 in the family, 5 are working and 1 is a student. Out of those 5 working, only 2 are earning decently and aside from that we had our house renovated and we are still paying for the land deeds
@cahyorini (315)
• Indonesia
27 Apr 09
Yes absolutely, this days economic are alway the major problem for humanity, because of that i have to work harder and find a better pay company. Although I've been very tired to jump and jump over again to different company and also have to building new relationship with the others, but i'll have to do this, otherwise i don't know how much time my family can stand. So, my advice do your best for your family
• Philippines
27 Apr 09
I do understand that family must come first but like you said, I am a regular employee already and I don't want to start from scratch all over again. I've invest so much already...and it is hard to find jobs nowadays...I really am afraid that I will not land on a decent job fast enough
@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
27 Apr 09
I would do what I can to find something I can do online to stay home, and not go abroad to live in a country I am not accustomed to. I would also pray, like another poster has mentioned. Of course if you are not religious, I want to say I hope I haven't offended you. In any case, I would do all in my power to stay home, even if that meant cutting back on expenses where it may be tough to do so.
@nzldzh (75)
• China
27 Apr 09
I think it is hard to say . When I have a job ,but it does"t earn much ,I may feel it is does not matter .Because the job make me feel happy ,if I find a job which can earn a lot but can"t make me feel happy ,I think it not worth it .You know ,it is very important to have a happy life then a weathy life .
@ajithlal (14564)
• India
27 Apr 09
I won't quit the job if it has good working atmosphere, but I certainly has to look if the money I am earning meets my expenses and my family expenses. I think you should look if the amount you are earning meets all your expenses and your family expenses. You should also look at the new job working atmosphere and if it is good then you should go to the new job.
@artERiN (76)
• Philippines
27 Apr 09
I've been in my current job for more than six years now. It's not a demanding job but there are weeks that I really get so bored and I'm not doing anything and I end up leaving early working on my sidelines. At night, I think of the same thing cause I know when I concentrate on my sideline I know I can earn more. But here's my thought and what I would do if I were in your shoes. Three instances: - I won't leave my day job for my sideline because that sideline or personal business does not have the benefits I'm getting from day job. - I won't because I might not find another job that I will love like how I love my current job. And if I don't love my job I might end up a disaster even more. - Recession is not the best time to resign, hence, stick to your job and make the budget tighter because if you resign and can't find a better job within the country or abroad, you will starve even more.
• United States
26 Apr 09
I have had jobs that I enjoy and ones that I dreaded. There is just something about getting up in the morning and looking forward to going to work. You can't put a "worth" tag on that. In my opinion, it is worth much more to enjoy your job than it is to make more money. Money is important, but it's not the most important thing. So what if you have more money in the bank but you get up every morning wishing you were doing what you enjoy. always looking back isn't worth it. Then on the other hand,,, there may be another job you would enjoy as well! I guess you just need to look at all the pros and cons and make the best decision you can based on what you come up with!