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Should you get a job where you can have fun or a job that pays you well, but you're not liking it?

I like to have fun, but also want a good paid job. #job


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Eric’s Answer

You have to find the balance between the two, and that balance comes at a different point for everyone. And as has already been noted, that balance point will change throughout your life. When you are starting out it is more important to have a job that will improve your career later in life, and that can be through knowledge you gain, connections you make, etc. Later, as your responsibilities in life increase (family, house, etc.) money will obviously become more important. But it should always be something you enjoy, as long as you are making enough money to take care of yourself at whatever your current stage of life might be.

Good luck,

Eric

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Simeon’s Answer

Somewhere in the middle would be more ideal. You don't want to get stuck in either a situation where you are completely miserable or not able to support yourself financially. Neither of those job types are worth staying at, even though one of course has to stay at a job if they need it to afford their basic needs.

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Jason’s Answer

This is a question only you can truly answer for you. This answer will likely change as you get older and take on different life responsibilities as well. I was 34 when I decided psychology simply was not paying enough for the lifestyle I wanted and switched to a business degree. The world around you and how you experience it will shape this answer which will change for you over time.

There is always a healthy balance which can be difficult to find. Consider looking at career paths or majors that appeal to you and then search further for the actual job you want in that career. Some things may sound amazing on paper but when you get there its a different story, and Vice-Versa of course.

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Michael’s Answer

A good perspective is to look at a job through the lens of a career path. Having long-term goals regarding where you want to be will help you determine if a job is good for you. If there is a career or industry that you're aiming to be apart of then the journey to get there will be enjoyable and fun along the way.

With that being said, what are your goals? Do you want to have a high paying job or a job where you're making an impact and having fun?

Also, these don't have to be mutually exclusive. There's a few recommendations for things that can make any job more enjoyable: communication, engaging coworkers, being challenged to grow each day, good leadership, having the freedom to be honest with leadership... All of these things will make any job a lot more fun!

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