Would you choose a . . . .

Philippines
August 11, 2009 8:34pm CST
Would you rather have high paying job that you hate or a low pay job that you love? It's hard to be picky espcially during this time. I have been working for my current employer for the last 8 years and I have burned out for quite some time. I want a new environment but it would be to risky to quit and find another job. I think one of the things that is holding me back is that I am too accustomed to this work. It's hard to start over. What are your thoughts?
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13 responses
• Indonesia
12 Aug 09
Personally, I will try to adapt first. If I find myself really don't like and can't stand that situation, I will stay but at the same time look for other opportunities. I will make sure there's certain job for me then I will leave my current job.\ I think better if we work in the field that we love. Life must be enjoyed If we love what we are doing, sure it will motivated us to do more and it can be better, because you do it without any press or some "actually I don't want to do this" feeling. When you love your job, you can make hard effort without realize it!
@agv0419 (3030)
• Philippines
12 Aug 09
Yes I agree if you are burned out and you are not happy anymore in your job I think that's the time you quit to find a another jobs that is enjoyable. It is so risky these days you need to find another job before to quit to your current job because of the crisis. Sometimes we don't have a choice if the job we hate is only job available to survive. I think you need to plan it first and think about it first before to switch in the job you love. If you enjoy what you are doing despite small salary unlike high paying jobs that have a demanding boss.
@tjwill09 (62)
• Tuvalu
12 Aug 09
I would make enough cash so I can transfer to the low paying job that I love so my back won't be against the wall not being able to pay bills and other necessity's.
• Philippines
12 Aug 09
I agree with you. It's about timing. Its great to find a job that you love but doing so without being prepared is too risky. Thanks for the response
• Canada
12 Aug 09
I would rather have a low-paying job that I love. What is the point of making a lot of money, if you're selling your time, to a boss who is only going to burn you out? I've lived on a very low income all of my life, and I'm used to it. Anything more than what I'm getting now would be great. It doesn't even have to be that much. for the record, I'm unemployed, so anything I'd get now would actually be better than I'm doing, no matter how low-paying the job actually is.
• Philippines
12 Aug 09
Thanks for the response. It is really hard to work for a boss that ruin your day everytime chance he/she gets. I am trying to find ways to get out of the rat race. I know for sure that I don't want to be stuck in the same job in the next 20 years.
@dbabcook (390)
• United States
12 Aug 09
Me personally, I would rather have a low-paying job that I love rather than a high-paying job that I hate. It is much more important to me that I enjoy my work and going to work than waking up every morning dreading the fact that I have to go in. I would imagine that many people would agree with me on this one. Now wouldn't it be really nice to have a high-paying job that you loved. Unfortunately we don't live in a perfect world and can't have things the way we would chose to.
@kykidd (6823)
• United States
12 Aug 09
Well, King4aday, one thing that I can say is that it is pretty remarkable that you have been on your current job for eight years. I always got burned out at about two or three, even though I did make it four on a couple, I think. Maybe it's kind of like that seven year itch thing. Maybe you see if you can stick it out, and something new becomes of it. If not, then eventually I would have to say that you need to move on. It is important to be completely fulfilled with your life, including your employment. If nothing else, maybe you can get a different position in your company. I did this once, mainly because I was leaving anyway. It turned out to be a whole new career for me. Good luck to you!
• Malaysia
12 Aug 09
I would rather have a low paying job than to torture and force myself working for a job that I have no heart to do. It will not only affect my work performance, but also the relationship with other workmates. I had a slight different situation in my previous employment where I loved the nature of my job, but hated the environment and some of the attitudes of other workers. I gave myself some time before I finally quit. I understand when you said it's not easy to start all over again, but if you feel that you can still handle the stress, my advice to you is to just hold on for a while. In the mean time, try to apply for other jobs, but don't quit before you land on a new job. If you are called for any job interviews, just go and discuss your qualifications and background. If you receive a job offer, then, weigh the pros and cons. Sometimes, changes are good and you will never know if you never try. So, I wish you all the best!
• United States
12 Aug 09
I can honestly say I'd prefer the low paying job. I have been a stay-at-home mom for 13 yrs and I love it! I am the supervisor, the office clown, the finance manager, the cook, the janitor, the taxi driver, the collection agent,... you name it. I've tried a coupe jobs outside the house, but nothing compares. Regardless of the money I made at those jobs, i felt i'd let down my first responsibilty. And i have been blessed enoughto not consider this a low-paying job. my husband's income has allowed us to do almost any fun thing we want to. I hope every stay-at-home mom feels the same way.
• China
12 Aug 09
Hi,it is really not easy for this situation,So have you ever been trying to find a solution for it? I know it is hard to do that kinds of job that you dislike,but at least,i think you may find a suitable time to talk to you boss,and see if he or she could offer you better environment.You know after all,you have been working for this long and being paid the high salary,if you quit,all your hard working for all these years will be in vain.So,if you have the courage to talk to boss and he is the kind of people who care of you,why not take a venture?
• China
12 Aug 09
How old you are now?Do you have expertise?If you are still young,and professional and technical,I think you should take advantage of these good times,find some satisfaction with the work of their own and should not remain in the low-income work.
@hsb123 (34)
• India
12 Aug 09
It depends on the situations am actually facing. I would stick to high paying job which I don't love until I have earned enough to fulfill my basic requirements and ready to take risk and find a new job with my liking. Jobs against one's liking are definitely burdensome but that is the one quality one should have to achieve success.
@jambi462 (4598)
• United States
12 Aug 09
I would rather work a job that I loved then a job that I hated and got paid a lot with. I'm happy with just being able to make it okay and have a good time with it. Of course most people would want a job that they loved and could get paid a lot with but of course that doesn't always happen. But what can you do but keep on trying I suppose.
@aseretdd (13712)
• Philippines
12 Aug 09
I currently working in a not so high paying job... well, if i work as a call center agent... i would surely get more... but my job gives me flexible time... meaning... i do not have a specific time to go to the office... and i work at my own pace... so that set up is the best one for me since i am able to take care of my daughter too... I agree that with the current economic situation... it is not wise to lose one's job... since there are like thousands who are getting laid off by the week... so i suggest to stick with what you have... and when an opportunity knocks... grab it immediately...
@iskayz (5423)
• Philippines
12 Aug 09
If I were you, I'd stick to my current job. Like what you said, it's hard to find a job these days. It will be too risky to give up a current job when you are not sure you can find another. If you are just tired of the usual work you are having, then take a rest for awhile. Maybe take a vacation leave if it's possible. Everyone gets burned out every once and awhile. I'm sure you like your job cause it won't take you 8 years working for your boss. You are just tired but not bored with it. If you'd ask me, I also like a job where I am happy though it's low paying. Finding happiness and satisfaction on a job is priceless. Ciao!