Would you stay in a job that's fulfilling but not financially rewarding?

employee - working for happiness or wealth?
Philippines
March 9, 2008 11:49pm CST
Is it mo' money or no money? If I could choose and have BOTH, why not? But not everyone is lucky enough to get the best of both worlds. Most people get stuck at a career crossroads, not knowing which path to take: the yellow brick road to happiness or the smooth slick road of more money. Which pursuit is your priority?
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@adcab81 (65)
• Philippines
10 Mar 08
If only I were lucky to have both. With my situation, I would take the one that is financially rewarding. I need it because I have responsibilities. We live for others, not only for ourselves. I finance my niece and nephew's studies. I hope they can reciprocate by getting good marks.
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• Philippines
10 Mar 08
I totally agree with you... that we live ALSO for others not only for ourselves...
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@roniroxas (10574)
• Philippines
10 Mar 08
in my situation, that i know you are aware of i would choose more money even the job is something that is really very tiring for me. i wanted to give and support my four children in any way i can so a little sacrifice is okay for me. if i am single then i would love to have a low paying carreer as long as i am happy.
• Philippines
10 Mar 08
You are right! Some people choose to take on a job that is more financially rewarding because of their responsibilities. I admire people who are like that because I think that it is a selfless act. Keep it up my friend!
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@youdontsay (3503)
• United States
10 Mar 08
A lot would depend on my financial circumstances. If I were getting paid enough to live on I'd stay in a job I loved before I'd move to one that paid more money. But then, I'm no longer raising children or responsible for other people's support. If I were raising children I'd have to think to the future and perhaps I'd change to a job that had more possibilities for advancement so I could prepare for the expenses of schooling, etc. For a long time I stayed in a job that had lost it's appeal and become quite stressful. I needed the benefits as well as the income. So I stayed as long as I could. Eventually it wore me down physically from the stress and I had to leave before I could take full retirement. I ended up chronically ill with a very limited retirement benefit. But the health insurance is very good, so I think staying may have been beneficial in the long run.
• Philippines
11 Mar 08
You just have presented one of the disadvantages of doing a job that we do not like. Stress... It could be worse you know... Good luck to you my friend!
@Porteno (99)
• Belgium
10 Mar 08
No-brainer for me, as I had to make that chocie 10 years ago. I was working as a programmer and making real good money. Then I decided to go traveling. Since then, I work in a beachclub in the Summertime, and travel 5 months ever yyear. I will die poor, but I've seen so many things and met so many amazing people, no money in the world could ever top that.
• Philippines
11 Mar 08
There are many things in this world that is priceless... You are lucky to be able to work and travel at the same time. Good luck to you in your future travels!
@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
10 Mar 08
I have worked in one where the pay was lousy but the job was rewarding. I worked for a microfinance company that provided small unsecured loans to poor woman who would invest their loans into businesses based on their existing livelihood skills. To see the rewards that benefited each family was just amazing. From selling produce at the market, or arts and crafts, to farming and or agriculture, it would bring income in to help not only put their children through school, but improve their housing conditions and health situations. I'm not sure if you have heard of the "Grameen Bank" model but this is what the company based its principles on.
• Philippines
11 Mar 08
That really is rewarding... I have not really heard of the Grameen Bank model but based on what you have shared, I think it is worth learning more about such model.
@lily3753 (390)
• China
11 Mar 08
I was ever a chinese doctor.Maybe doctor is a good job in other countries ,but in chinese it does not .I worked hard in my high school to pass the college entrance examination.Then worked hard to get the Medicine bachelor's degree. After became a clinican,I found my job is the most laborious and my reward is so poor.SO,I changed my job.I am a automobile project management now.
@gemini_rose (16192)
10 Mar 08
Well I guess I would choose a fullfilling job, in fact I already have a fullfilling job that is not financially rewarding and thats being a full time mum! This is a job I love, a job that is full time and overtime every single week and doesnt pay me enough!! But when I last worked before I had my second child I was a carer and I loved it, I worked 13 hour shifts for minimum wage and did any overtime going. I was training to get my qualifications to become a nurse and it didnt pay much at all but it was the best job (apart from being a mum) that I have ever done. If I was offered a job as a carer for minimum wage and another job I didnt much care for at triple the money, I would choose care work every time.
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• China
10 Mar 08
It depends on what these two kinds of jobs are. At first I must love my job otherwise I will be so tired and loose confidence for the life. The purpose of life, I think, must be happy. and when it comes to how to lead a happier life, financially reward and fulfil are equal important for me. So I will first choose a beloved kind of job like my area now, and work hard to earn more money. The considerate leader will promote me accompanying raising money for me. If not getting a raise, I think I will think of job-hopping, instead, in the same area.;)
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@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
10 Mar 08
It all depends on which you value more. The money or the satisfaction of working in a job you like. If you need money and you have a certain level of lifestyle you lead, working for money is the answer. If you live well within your means and money is not important to you, then satisfaction of working in something you like is good. It's all up to you!
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• Philippines
10 Mar 08
If I would have a choice, I would choose a job that is financially rewarding and later on when I am secured financially, then that will be the time to do what makes me feel fulfilled.
@kaysue4 (951)
• United States
10 Mar 08
I think that I would be more productive if I have a job that I enjoy. But usually it is not the best pay though. I wish I could find a dream job like everyone else, money and a job I love. But, right now I can't work due to health issues.
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@williamjisir (22900)
• China
10 Mar 08
Hello dolce. Nowadays in China there are more and more people who change their jobs from one job to another for the purpose of getting a better-paid job. Take teachers for example. In the eighties, there were many teachers who gave up teaching to look for chances that could help develop themselves in different kinds of business and many have done a very good job. I admire them for their daring to try some other jobs that they think would benefit them. I used to also think about changing my job, but I did not succeed for the first time, I gave it up without having another try though I still have that in mind. But anyway, I am still very happy for my teaching job as I am much better paid than before as I have moved from a less-developed province to one of the most developed provinces in my country. Although I cannot make that much as many of students who are doing business in some companies or in their own company, I am happy without no doubt. A man's desire will never be that easy to get fuifilled. It is ok for me so far as my working post is concerned. Thanks very much for your discussion.
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@Deea48 (1168)
• United States
10 Mar 08
Right now I am work a job that I like very much, it gives me pretty good money, but with my skills I am sure I coud make more. I choose to have this job where I live comfortable, rather then chase one where I have to work twice as hard, just for more money. I like my free time, and have learned a job that makes you happy most days is a treasure indeed.
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
10 Mar 08
Well, maybe if i am not married, i don't have a baby, and i am responsible for only myself... then i will definitely stay in a job that is fulfilling but not financially rewarding... but as of now... i am married with a baby... and resposible for this family... my personal fulfillment is last in the list... since i need to think about my baby's welfare...
• China
13 Mar 08
I prefer a job suitable for me, regardless of the salary. Now I am working as an eiditor and alway I feel tiresome and tedious, and trying to change it. Now I am on the career crossroads and don't know how to go.There are little chances for me to transfer the job direction. I don't care about the money, but the right position with bright prospect.
@julyteen (13258)
• Davao, Philippines
11 Mar 08
we always think for money, we look for a job to obtain money but sometimes we must change our feelings and thinking...we have to sacrifice so the firm you're working with will also stand...by doings this, of course there is a reward...but don't expect the reward you can't assure that it will be real...if you love your work and you spend more time serving this so why should do not sacrifice...sacrifice will also be rewarding...you can't expect the unexpected.
@subha12 (18452)
• India
11 Mar 08
Actually it is a tough call. i think its not that easy where money is not there. may be after some time i will try to change it.i need to earn good money
@lingli_78 (12841)
• Australia
11 Mar 08
i think i am fortunate enough to have a job that is satisfying and at the same time the salary is not too bad... even though it is not too high, but i am quite happy with it and always try to give thanks for whatever i have...
@coffeebreak (17815)
• United States
11 Mar 08
If you are lucky enough to be able to keep the fulfilling job without regard to the income, then yeah, great - keep it! You're one of the few that can. But since "fulfilling" doesn't pay the bills, most of us have to take the "finacial" rewarding jobs!
@wisedragon (2330)
• Philippines
11 Mar 08
One would have to be a lucky bit_h to have a job that's easy, fulfilling, and high paying at the same time. Unfortunately very few such jobs exist. Given a great opportunity I think I would go for the easy yet fulfilling job. I don't need a luxurious lifestyle and there are other ways to make money anyway. All that's needed is good financial management.