The job that pays vs. the job that stays
December 5, 2013 4:04 PM Subscribe
Should I quit my lucrative but VERY temporary job to take a job that pays worse, but is permanent, and better in several more ways?
posted by tippy to Work & Money (29 answers total)
I am working a job that pays well, but it is through a temp agency and expected only last until the beginning of January 2014 (less than a month). After the job ends, there's the possibility that the agency will find me something... or they might not. It took them 2 months to place me in this job.
The current job is grueling, with a 4 hour round trip commute by public transportation. I am in a "career transition" phase, and while I'm not 100% sure what I want to do with the next 30+ years (I am in my early 30s), it is not working in the industry the temp job is in.
The new, permanent, but paying less job (pays less by half), IS in an industry I am interested in. I will be able to get experience + connections. I will take a pay cut and get fewer hours per week, but will still be able to meet expenses. I will just not be able to save for awhile. My future? boss said it was fine if I looked for a second job, as the hours are really flexible. Major bonus is that the job is within walking distance to my apartment. The distance I walk now to catch the train = the distance to this new job door-to-door.
So, what would Metafilter do? Stick it out at $$$ job for 3 more weeks and hope something comes along, or quit it and go for the job that seems more appealing except for the fact that I'd make a lot less money?