By Career Advisor
Question: In this economy, would it be smarter to stay at a job that's
comfortable, stable and pays more money & better benefits than to take
a job you are passionate about in a field you love?
Answer: This is a great question! One that many of us are asking our selves now.
First, I need to say that this is a personal decision. I am going to tell you my reasoning with this question but it's up to you to decide which course to take.
Stay in the comfortable job with good pay? Do you wake up every workday morning with that overwhelming dread of going to work? That same feeling that you had when you were five years old and your mother wanted to take you to the dentist. That feeling that when you go to work, you loose that 8 hours per day from you life for ever. That 8 hours that serves no function other then securing that paycheck to feed your family? That 8 hours that could be used to do what you feel would make a difference to yourself, your family, and your community (rather then sucking the soul from you)? That 8 hours that kills you that much every long second that clicks off?
Then there is the guilt. You know you should be happy to have this great job. You know that you make very good money. It's important to you that you can pay for your son's karate lessons. Pay for your kid's private schools. Pay for your Daughter's volleyball team. Pay for that house that makes your wife feel that she married the best man ever! Yep, you should thank your lucky stars that you have that comfortable, stable, good paying job.
Then why am I so unhappy? Oh, wait, I mean why are you so unhappy? ;)
The job that you are passionate about in a field you love? The world is open to you. You can have any job that will make you happy. The sky's the limit! Isn't that what your 6th grade teacher told you? Isn't that what your mother told you?
Then how did you end up with that "comfortable, stable and pays more money & better benefits" job? How the hell did that happen?
OK, here's the answer: Yes! It would be smarter to stay at a job that's comfortable, stable and pays more money & better benefits, but I can still be pissed off about it!