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Would you take a job that pays OK, or a job that you like?


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#481 Kim Wang

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 11:16 AM

I'd choose the first one. To me, free time is more important than work, working is only something I do to be able to enjoy my free-time, such as travelling, going on a date and such.

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 06:10 AM

I have faced this situation before where I had to choose between a job that seems more enjoyable but pays low and hardly any benefits, and a stressful job that pays high but not exactly what I wanted. I ended up with the job that pays high. The thing is, never try, never know. It could be stressful and you might not foresee a future taking up this job, but it's all about the money that matters to me. Since you're already planning to leave soon, why not take the high salary and benefits while you're on the search for something better?

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 06:26 PM

Last year I got offered a job I wanted since graduation and I was so happy about it... until they informed me about the salary. It's barely more then what I earn, so I declined.

And still regret to this day, because in the end salary does matter, but a having fun at what you do matters more.

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 04:54 PM

I choose the first one and when I have saved enough then I get a job that I like :P
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Posted 09 April 2012 - 03:06 AM

At the current stage of my life, I think I'd go for the job that pays better than the job that I like. Maybe there will be a day where I'll be able to get a job that I like, but that time is definitely not right now ...

#486 ettexor

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Posted 23 April 2012 - 08:55 AM

yeah first choice will definately be money money but eventually i would like to settle for one that i would really like to work in otherwise i would feel life to be meaningless.

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 07:59 AM

i just handed in my letter of resignation today. If pays quite well, enough for me to pay the mortgage and still spend money on whatever I want. But in the end I'm not passionate about this job and it's making me miserable so I decided to quit. I've got no job lined up but being happy and enjoying my job is more important to me. You spend more than half your day at work...it's a very important part of your life so you really should enjoy what you do. Probably not a smart move to quit before finding another job but I needed to do it.

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#488 ChelleJaeJoong♥

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 02:09 PM

Both! That's why I want to be an editor, I mean, being able to read books all day... for money?! Come off it, editing is where it's at~

#489 redflowerpunch

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 08:01 PM

i think i will complete studies ,get a degree and later on i get the dream job with heavenly pay..i dont believe in doing job compromising with studies ,call me nerd and it might looks boring but right now i am having my degree and doing my dream job !

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 08:05 PM

I rather do my dream job than a job that pays really well

Working must have the enjoyment too

#491 cuti_pie75

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 05:03 AM

For starters, I'll take the OK job since as young inexperienced workers, you really don't have anything to bargain with. And so, you shouldn't be too picky. Afterall, we all need to start somewhere.

Once you know what you like, then I'd start exploring for better jobs...but to be honest, it's all about balance. So a little bit of both is realistic.

#492 Seraphinne

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 02:23 PM

Now I do a job that pays OK and I like doing this job.
But in the past I did a job that didn't payed OK, but I liked it very much. So I worked for a few years, while I wasn't payed well enough. But this job looks good on my curriculum vitae, so I don't complain.

#493 Shen Li

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 01:15 AM

I don't see why it has to be an either or type thing. While I acknowledge some people are in jobs they despise due to financial considerations many of us are satisfied on both counts. You really can have your cake and eat it too.

#494 josejesus123

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 03:34 AM

I would so take the first option all the way, hehehe. Posted Image

#495 DreamWeaver1337

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 01:13 AM

Confucius once said "If you love your job, you would never work a day in your life"

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 12:10 AM

I would rather take a job that I like, because doing what I like is happiness. And being happy makes me younger!!! xD

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 10:44 AM

Work that I like.

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 07:31 AM

pays OK job until I have enough money to retire, then do the job I like.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 11:14 PM

If it is a lot of money and i don't like the job then it would be ok. Other than that, I would pick a job I like.

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 10:58 PM

LOl seems like everyone choose the money option..

And I like to be different, Im choosing the 2nd one "I will take the job that I really like". I have worked at places that pays you good but I hated the job so much it made me so depressed! So what's the point of making yourself all depressed just for that little money?! I now work at an amazing place where the pay is okay but I can't go on holiday for twice a year lol, I love my job so much <3 people thinks it's crazy I choose my work over any holidays!

#501 cutie_bratz14

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 11:44 AM

I'd take a job that pays okay and live normally. I don't want my job and what I like coinciding, I feel like it takes the fun off it. I want to quarantine my stress.

#502 Linnh

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 10:11 PM

I want to work with something I like and that pay me enough to survive and have a normal life where I can go on vacation :)

#503 SassyViet

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 07:58 PM

Well, the OP didn't specify other details about the two jobs. Supposed everything being equally bad- case 1) both jobs have no potential for advancement, no learning opportunities, and both have nasty co-workers, and money alone is the differentiating factor, then of course go for the one that pays more.

Case 2 everything being equal but in a positive ways. Both have potential for advancement, have learning opportunities, great co-workers, then go the the one that pays less. You'll being doing something you love and will advance b/c you like it and do well in it.

#504 Trambeline

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 01:43 AM

I really think it depends on my skill and ability, as well as my capability of coming in time and getting along well with other co-workers, so I would rather choose a job in which I enjoy doing, while finding a partner to also support my needs. That's why friendship and companionship are important in life as well as a job.

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 01:54 PM

The old me use to think that with MY personality, i would take the job that i like. But when i actually went into the workforce and hated my job, I didn't quit because i wanted the money.

What i learnt was... i ended up being miserable and i can now proudly say that i am leaving! :)

#506 SassyViet

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 11:00 PM

there's personal satisfaction and there's the practical consideration of providing a living. So one must weight how much dissatisfaction vs. how much money. If you're at least competent and can do the job with some ease and make a satisfactory living then maybe you can stick with it. If you constantly hate it and miserable (and it's not just the job, it's the career) then it's time to explore something else. Ideally this should happen while you're still young enough and don't have obstacles in the way such as a family or big debts to support.

The sooner the better.

#507 deedee1

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 04:24 PM

That would depend on how hungry I was. Sometimes it gets real bad when you don't have lunch money.

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 07:16 AM

Depends. If job pays okay but you have other benefits like leaves and medical then I would go for it. I would be ready to take a lower salary if the job is what I like doing. Not too much lower though.

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Posted 16 June 2013 - 05:53 AM

I'll go with the job I want.

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Posted 16 June 2013 - 06:40 AM

Do I hear MONEY?

#511 Mordor

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 01:41 PM

I have ADHD, so it's impossible for me to even attempt doing a job that doesn't interest me. I'm used to being broke, I do odd jobs here and there, and none of my old jobs have anything in common, aside from the fact they're weird. So, I'd definitely choose a job I like, it doesn't matter if I don't get paid at all even. I'm a person of no interests, so finding something I would not just enjoy, but could see myself doing for a long time would be extreme happiness for me. It would definitely put me at ease in a way a simply good paying-job couldn't.

#512 aderahmat

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 07:06 AM

well. my salary is not too big,but im focusing on my part-time job than defending on my full time job. since my part-time job more bigger salary ,,

what i want to say is. its okay with less salary but with good job, well i got long term future plan.

#513 Moritaka

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 11:38 PM

I'd pick the second choice. Even though money is important but mental health is also as important. If you work in a working environment that you are unhappy with, I assure you illness like depression will strike.
so getting a job you like is better. At least you are happier.

#514 chaipastor

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 07:59 AM

you take a job that pays quite OK, OK means: it allows you to go to holiday twice a year, rent TVB-series, have fast internet, go out once a week etc and I would ensure that I start loving my job ...

#515 stream26

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Posted 03 December 2016 - 11:57 AM

What is it that you want in life? Professional success? A big family? See the world? Try explain for yourself, even write essay  https://essmart.org/comparison-essay/ But on top of that you have to explain to everyone why you're doing what you're doing. 

If you want professional success then I am sorry my friend but you'll have to suck it up. Try to find the best job, meet people, connect, climb the corporate ladder, but by all means stay in the machine. Yes, dropping everything to pursue your hobby could turn you into the next multi-billionaire, but it is unlikely.

If your job is too painfully boring, then you're probably sitting on the wrong chair. Try something different, get a certification or two, or change industry if you think this could help you.

On the other hand, if you have no spouse and no children to care for, perhaps this is the only time in your life when you can make mistakes and be the only one to pay for them. In that case, go ahead and make them. Focus on your hobby, build motorcycles out of refrigerators, grow daisies, live on tuna cans for the next year or two. You can still do it. If you'll go back to the corporate world at least you'll have a story or two to tell your colleagues at the coffee machine. Of course by then you'll need work double shifts to make up for those years you lost growing daisies.

Either way, just choose something. Sitting there wondering "what if" won't do you any good.


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