Are you willing to change a career just to be employed?

Philippines
June 13, 2011 1:39am CST
I had resign from my job 2 years ago hoping to find a better job opportunity but sad to say that better opportunity are hard to find nowadays.Yes, I can still have a job but that means accepting a lower salary offer or worst working as a contractual.I have seen some potential in call center and medical transcription but it's really far from what I really want to be doing.What do you think, should I accept a much lower salary in my present career or should I look another career alternative?
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12 responses
@LadyDD (519)
• Romania
14 Jun 11
If you are young it is easier to look for a new career because learning is not so difficult as for the older persons. Never give up in growing in your career if you are young. Better qualified people find jobs more quickly. A secret I learned from my experience is that if you want to be selected from a lot of job seekers, you'll have an advantage if you have something they don't. For example, foreign languages, car license, computer skills with certain software or courses attended will make you special. The more of these, the better. A lower salary can be only an alternative for a short period until you find a better job.
• Philippines
14 Jun 11
You're right.Now I'm spending my time doing trainings and developing more skills to have a better job.I'm not really having time looking for a job ,the problem is they pay much lesser than my previous employment so I'm thinking of shifting another career just to have a better paying job.
@amitgune (877)
• India
14 Jun 11
Frankly it is a matter of personal choice and financial stability. If you are financially stable you can stay jobless longer. Do not forget that the longer you are jobless, the more horrible your resume looks. It will be very difficult to get a job after that if your resume shows such long periods of lay-off.
• Philippines
14 Jun 11
Correct and I have start experiencing that problem.Some employes do prefer to hire people who are presently employed and people who are unemployed for more than 6 months are the last priority.I can manage my finances well because I'm doing business but I still want to have a more stable source of income.
• Las Pinas City, Philippines
18 Jun 11
Hi, did you ever asked yourself if you are happy in what you are doing whether you are receiving a low salary or high salary? Actually the best in having a job is that you are happy with it coz when you are happy you don't even noticing that you are already giving the best that you can do until somebody or someone who has a high position in your company will notice you and they might recommend/nominate you for a better position. This already happened to me. So better be good what you are doing now and wait for your turn to accept the graces of the Lord that will come at your door..Good luck to you..
@Arkine (216)
• United States
13 Jun 11
I'd say take the job, but keep looking for a position in a career field that you really want to do. Jobs are scarce where I'm at, so anything is better than nothing. Still, I can understand wanting to work at something you actually enjoy doing. ;)
@Ci__Ci (45)
• China
13 Jun 11
do not quit that job in earlier, looking for some which is combine your interest. then you will get happy in work, lower salary that depends on experience you working in the feild, if you love it you will explore more you couldn't imagine Good luck!happy hunting job!
@simplycza (1480)
• Philippines
13 Jun 11
I wouldn't mind entering a new career just to be employed. And in fact, I wanted to learn more new thinngs in life. I also wanted to test myself if I have that so called "talent" with other things aside from the job i used to do. they say, that we won;t see how far we can go, until we are task to do it! Who knows, this new career might be the blessings you had ever waited for?
• Philippines
13 Jun 11
It depends on your goal in life. If you want a stable and enjoyable simple life, then go for the job of your interest even if it pays low. However, if you need to alleviate your lifestyle, got a lot of person to support or is financially wrecked, you just have to suck the job you really do not love and work for the money. You should also note that it'll push you to a lot of stress since it won't be the work you really wanted from the start. But on the exemption, a few chosen people get the work they want while at the same time earning enough or even bigger. Those are the people who are lucky enough or maybe determined enough to seek out their interests in a job and at the same time being excellent at it and being rewarded. Just a tip, if you want something you should always TRY to get it. Life doesn't say that you have to be willing to change a career to be employed. You make that decision, you just have to search and prove yourself further. Maybe some other myLotters can share their experiences regarding this to help you out because I really haven't changed jobs yet. Haha! Good luck on your choice for your life!
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
13 Jun 11
This is a hard one. Since times are hard, people just settle for any sort of work even if the salary is very low, just to have work. Well, you can also do this but not for the long term. At least there is still something that you can look forward to no matter how small it is. But don't give up your hope and your search until you find the right work for you.
@SIMPLYD (79623)
• Philippines
13 Jun 11
Sometimes, we have to accept it that chasing our career is not at all worth it. As you have said, it pays you a lower salary. However, if you don't feel at all happy receiving that lower salary , then you might as well apply to higher paying jobs like those call center indeed. What is important is it fulfills your goal of having a higher salary.
• United States
13 Jun 11
It's just a matter of personal happiness, I guess. A job is a job. I would probably prioritize money, and go with a job that pays more.
• Philippines
13 Jun 11
hi for my opinion i guess yo had a job but a lower salary, is that job is your field? For me you you don't need to change a job just to employed, you choose a job which you think that you would get high salary, you wanted that job, you enjoyed it what you are doing you would stayed on that job, if you jumped on a job which was a high salary but you don't enjoyed it, you would not stay on that job you would looked another again..your job now was low salary offer but did you love that job, i mean even it was low salary you enjoyed what you are doing....take some part time job...or any extra job
• United States
13 Jun 11
I think having a job at all should be your main priority. This is what I have learnt the hard way. Don't quit your job tell you find another. Simple as that. There isn't a problem with you working one job that you really don't like while you search for a job you actually like. You see where I'm going with this?