Is Getting a Good Salary More Important than Having the Job You Really Want?
In an ideal world we would all work in jobs we love as well as receive a bumper salary. Sadly, this isn’t an ideal world and you might find yourself forced to make a decision at some point.
How many people do you know who say that they would love to be a carpenter or a gardener or a writer or whatever else but can’t because it doesn’t pay enough? Personally, I know about half a dozen people who have confessed to me that they hate their job and only do it because of the money. So how do you decide whether to choose a good salary or the job you really want?
Could You Survive with the Dream Job Income?
To be honest, many of us probably dream of jobs we would prefer to do rather than the ones we get paid for. It is human nature to always look for something better, but it isn’t always a sensible approach. For example, could you pay your bills and save some money if you did what you really want to do? Even if you could survive just now, you need to ask yourself whether you would earn enough to make the money you need in the future. If you are planning to have a family or buy your own home then you will want to make sure that you have decent earning prospects in place. Taking the slightly boring job with the good salary is the pragmatic, common sense approach. This might not be what you want to do with your life but there is a reason why millions of people take this approach.
Could You Live Without Doing What You Really Want?
What would your life be like if you decided to be pragmatic and take the good salary rather than follow your dreams? Some people can cope with this but others will find that this creates a simmering resentment which they can’t forget about. It is up to you to decide which one of these categories you fall into. If you think that you honestly couldn’t be happy if you let your dream career slip away from you then maybe you need to check out the next point we are going to cover. If you think that being practical and going for the sensible job would work for you then just be sure that you won’t have regrets later on.
Is There a Way of Doing Both?
One thing a lot of people do is stick with their “proper” job for the sake of earning a steady income. However, at the same time they will carry on with their true passion as a hobby. This can be very demanding, and it is extremely possible that you would end up giving up on your dream job at some point if you did this for too long. Perhaps a more sensible would be the idea of looking to advance quickly in the role you really want while you earn money in the other role. What I mean by this is that you make a determined effort to break through in the career you want. You surely won’t be able to maintain both jobs forever, even if one is just as a hobby. This means that it is far better to spend maybe a year or so pouring all of your energy into it in an attempt to make it happen before you run out of steam. This might mean studying, practicing or whatever else you need to do; the important point is to go for it before it is too late.
Have you managed to turn your dream job into a career or have you chosen a more pragmatic approach?