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  • Job A (40k forever) love it, but would sacrifice A LOT

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  • Job B (starts 50k but maybe 100-200k 10-20 years) hours 7-7 and hate it. Rest of life "great"

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    Default 35k (never more) job you love OR 45k start (but 150k 10-20 years) job u hate?

    EDIT:
    <> assume you live in CA, NY... Somewhere houses cost 500k to 1.5mm (and the associated cost of living)
    <> assume you grew up with well off family, friends, expectations etc
    <> this is hypothetical (thus the binary). Although I do currently have job B, and I gave up the job A that I had, Id sort of prefer the thread focuses on the hypothetical rather than be a thread "all about me"... But feel free to write what you please


    Title says it all:

    If you were 20-25 and had to choose:
    A) job you love, but will only ever pay 35k (likely not enough to ever support anyone, have a house, much of a car, or ever take any crazy awesome vacations). Life A) would be joyful, but there would be times you might feel like an outsider to your friends and family. You might have to a bachelor as far as raising family.

    Or

    B) job you hate, will start at 45k and likely (if you really commit and put in the effort) reach 150k in 10 to 20 years. Assume the job doesn't get much better as far as stress and hours at year 20, but at least you could live a more normal life (have a house, support a family, and take vacations and have toys). B) would be less enjoyable during 7-7 work hours, but at least the rest of your life would be "normal".

    So what would you pick and why? I don't think it's as obvious as you'd think.
    Last edited by Venom; 11-10-2011 at 09:53 PM.

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    I would pick option A because I know myself, and I could never handle staying at a job that I hate for the requisite 10 or 20 years in order to receive the benefits. I would have quit out of anger or impulse, or been fired due to excessive absenteeism, and been worse off than if I had just chosen option A in the first place.

    I can deal with low pay and sacrificing my chances of family/normalcy/whatever other BS people feel they need, but I cannot deal with daily boredom and monotony. I'd sooner kill myself.
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    Neither. I would pick another option.
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    Do you really have to make the OP explain that the question is "if you had to choose between the two, with no alternatives, in this hypothetical scenario...?" It's not meaningful if you don't answer within the parameters of the question.

    Fuck's sake, some people are annoying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Orangey View Post


    Do you really have to make the OP explain that the question is "if you had to choose between the two, with no alternatives, in this hypothetical scenario...?" It's not meaningful if you don't answer within the parameters of the question.

    Fuck's sake, some people are annoying.
    That's what I would do. If you find that annoying, honestly, that's your problem and not mine.
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    Easy decision, Option A.
    Life is more than money, and 35-40K already puts you in the upper echelon compared to rest of the world.
    Think creatively how to use and portion your resources, eg Move to lower cost of living, etc.
    Marry rich?
    Plus, the change of living such a happy life will have innumerable side-effects.
    And same for choosing the other option, in negative ways.

    (BTW, Orangey, could you respond to some of my threads?? Need some ISTP help/insight! Thanks!!!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICUP View Post
    Neither. I would start my own company.
    Agreed.

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    35k is HTG poor as jobe's turkey.
    Think of another option that you would enjoy, but would make more money. Think outside the box.

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    Agreed.
    hahaha, very cute. Inventive kitty.
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    Option A.

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    A without a doubt (it's what I'm currently after actually). When I was growing up my parents barely made $14k and the three of us lived...quite miserably at times but overall it was okay.

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