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Old 01-03-2014, 08:41 AM
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I think there can be a middle ground between "really stressful/high pay" and "more rewarding/crummy pay" and honestly I'm at a point in my life where I don't NEED to love what I do or for it to have a purpose. Don't get me wrong, I'm not opposed to those things and I'm blessed to have them in my career - but even though I love it, it is stressful AND it doesn't pay that great. So I think I'd also be perfectly happy with a job where I went in, put in my time, and then went home and lived my life. (I suppose if I actually ever did that I'd get bored and miss it, though, lol.)
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Old 01-03-2014, 09:40 AM
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It's fine if people don't want to like their job. What irritates me is when people say it's impossible for anyone to love their job, and if they love it, they're doing it wrong. I LOVE what I do. It's that simple. Yeah, it's hard work and the pay sucks. But I'll take that over being miserable every day for the rest of my life - and honestly, if I'm going to be miserable every day, why bother living at all? I've been in jobs where I wished I'd have some sort of medical crisis or even just ****ing DIE so I could get out. No thanks.
I don't think anybody has said it's impossible to love your job. But I do think the overall opinion is that if you love your job, it probably pays ****-poor. It depends on the job, obviously. My friend's fiance is a carpenter. LOVES his job and even if he didn't do it for his every day work, he'd be doing it on the side for fun. And it pays very nice.

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I really thought money would stretch further than it does. I have a decently paying job and live in a low cost of living area but things add up like you wouldn't believe. It seems this year was month after month of being in the hole with unexpected things needing large sums of money. Which is why I'm still in my shitty townhouse instead of buying a home. Sigh.
Same here. Truthfully I can "live" on what I make now, which is the same as I was making when I worked in radio (and believe me, it really upsets me that I'm making the same amount of money and yet not getting to work in radio...) But I got a raise when I took this job and I was SO relieved because it meant all of a sudden things were going to get just a bit easier. Then our pay cut happened and now I'm right back to where I started. Panicking about how I'm going to pay my bills. Closely examining when each bill is due and when each pay day is so I can make sure I don't overdraft. Putting off going to the grocery store as long as humanly possible so I can at least feel like I have an extra $20 that week. Eating pretty much nothing but eggs and chicken stock for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Thinking this might be what the rest of my life will look like is exactly why I keep considering how to kill myself.
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Old 01-03-2014, 09:45 AM
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I like the job I'm doing right now (front desk at a vet clinic) more than I have any previous job, though it can be quite stressful at times due to overly needy clients. However, I would never turn it into a career due to pay. I'd rather work all day at a job that I like, and have financial stability, than work at a job I love and stress about money constantly. Right now, I stress about money constantly and it sucks big ones.

Once I graduate I will hopefully have a job that I really enjoy, in an environment that I really enjoy, with pay that makes vacations/training classes/etc something I can enjoy rather than something I want to enjoy but just stress about financially instead.

I am really really looking forward to that
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Old 01-03-2014, 01:58 PM
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I could not live on $25k here. $40k or less is considered poverty here and qualifies you for the free low income apartments in town. For a family of four, it's $60k.
It varies by area, we all know that. Starting pay for my industry in the Chicago area is $22/hour. It's the same job. Pay rate varies where cost of living varies and that's true of pretty much every industry.
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Old 01-03-2014, 02:06 PM
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I don't think anybody has said it's impossible to love your job. But I do think the overall opinion is that if you love your job, it probably pays ****-poor.
Not in so many words, no, but that's how it's sounding - and not just here on Chaz, it's all over.

I'm never going to apologize for loving my job and making do with the pay I get for doing it. It shouldn't be my "duty" to find the highest-paying job possible just because it's there, even if it sucks. I'm just so tired of everyone berating me for choosing this career path because the pay is modest. I'm not getting government assistance or anything like that even now while making $700 a month, so I don't see why it's anyone else's concern that I won't be making enough full time (again, not just here on Chaz, everywhere).
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Old 01-03-2014, 02:24 PM
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My boyfriend is a carpenter ..loves it. Plus, he can come home& still build things after building things for other people all day. Works out well for me ..he'll build me shelves, hang photos, build agility equipment. He did, however, turn down a few automotive jobs. He prefers just doing custom work on the side for people. Got really sick of the mechanical part of it when he was doing it constantly.

I did photography& did really well ..was super busy. Ended up being burnt out& hating it. Stepped back into a different role, make a little less money but at the end of the day being a small business owner? So not worth it for me. I will always shoot on the side for people& I still down requests weekly. Still ..owning a small business is exhausting AND it took the joy out of capturing my own photos.

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I'm just so tired of everyone berating me for choosing this career path because the pay is modest.
Yeah it gets pretty annoying always having people ask me "why didn't you just go all the way to vet school? You'd make more money." Because.... I don't want to be a vet? They make it sound like it's such a shame that I wasted my time/money on such a silly career. Like, I was never under the illusion that vet techs make a billion bucks so I certainly didn't choose this job for the money. It just appealed to me more than higher paying options. Yeah I work full time and still can't support myself, but knowing I don't hate my job, makes me not mind that so much... at least, not yet.
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Yeah it gets pretty annoying always having people ask me "why didn't you just go all the way to vet school? You'd make more money."
Next time burst out laughing until you cry, then ask "wait, were you serious?" and ask them if they know how much student debt vets graduate with these days.
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Next time burst out laughing until you cry, then ask "wait, were you serious?" and ask them if they know how much student debt vets graduate with these days.
One of my vets named her amount of debt at graduation. I thought she was kidding. She was not.
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