Money or Passion?
January 23, 2013 9:14 PM Subscribe
Is it better to pursue a career that allows you to earn more money or further develop your passion?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (27 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I'm having a really difficult time figuring out the answer to this question, so that's why I'm turning to the green.
I recently graduated from university with a degree in Speech Communication and feel very torn about which area of interest to pursue, especially since the two areas that I'm considering don't overlap.
The two areas of interest are public relations/crisis management and insurance.
I'm much more passionate about PR/Crisis Management rather than insurance.
But, i'm having a difficult time deciding between the two areas because...
-I have over two years (going on three years) of experience in the insurance industry which means that I'll earn more money in this area rather than public relations. It also seems like there are more jobs in the insurance industry which means that my chances of getting employed are better than if I were to pursue PR as a career.
-On the other hand, PR/crisis communication is where my heart lies. It's something that I'm so incredibly passionate about and would enjoy the opportunity of learning more about this area. There are two problems with this area for me though: 1) it's very difficult to secure a job in PR while living in Canada and 2) I'm naturally a socially anxious person and struggle with public speaking.
So, with that being said, how do I decide between a career in PR/crisis communication or the insurance industry? Should I consider pursuing a career that would allow me to earn more money or a career that would allow me to further develop my education and passion in PR/crisis communication?