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Old 1st January 2019, 11:17 AM   #1
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Working in a job below your education level

I just finished graduate school, but I've realized I don't want to pursue any jobs in that line of work. I had thoughts of this during school, but I pushed them aside and wanted to finish what I started. I have a great job right now. I work 10 days a month and make good money. Nothing I'll become wealthy from, but I've been able to squirrel away a good bit for retirement. I can also work overtime at any point if I need extra money. I also have really good benefits, and I can get a lot of time off for vacation if I want it. Mostly, I love my quality of life. I have so many days off that I can pursue other hobbies and travel when I want to. Those things are very important to me.

My decision is made to stay at this job, but I'm wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience. How did it turn out for you? Did you regret it?
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Old 1st January 2019, 11:20 AM   #2
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Good for you!

Yep I left a long term job to do something lower paying and new. It's great. Stress free too.
Life is short so do what you enjoy.
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Old 1st January 2019, 11:51 AM   #3
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If you are happy, feel fulfilled & can keep a roof over your head, do what you want. Most of us don't get that trifecta.

A friend of mine has an MBA but sells real estate. He loves it & is passionate about it. Another friend of mine has an advanced degree in nursing; she runs a pet rescue & babysits her grandson while her son works. Point is, they are happy.
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It's a huge blessing to find work you actually enjoy. I did, and I did it for very little money at times because that's my priorities. You're able to save money, so it sounds like a great deal. As a woman, I really never got paid enough to squirrel much money away. Do what you love. That degree isn't useless. You can't hardly get an interview without one these days -- and it doesn't much matter what it's in or if it's pertinent to the work you're applying for, as long as you have one.
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That degree isn't useless. You can't hardly get an interview without one these days -- and it doesn't much matter what it's in or if it's pertinent to the work you're applying for, as long as you have one.
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Old 1st January 2019, 12:23 PM   #6
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My decision is made to stay at this job, but I'm wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience. How did it turn out for you? Did you regret it?
Work to live or live to work?

Received my degree in Biology, ended up in the restaurant/club business based on an interest developed while putting myself through school. Enjoyed (almost) every minute of it so no regrets and have made a good living for my family and self.

Having had some older family members pass away, none in their final days said "wish I'd made another $100K". Do what you enjoy and enjoy life doing it...

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Old 1st January 2019, 1:05 PM   #7
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If you are happy, feel fulfilled & can keep a roof over your head, do what you want. Most of us don't get that trifecta.

A friend of mine has an MBA but sells real estate. He loves it & is passionate about it. Another friend of mine has an advanced degree in nursing; she runs a pet rescue & babysits her grandson while her son works. Point is, they are happy.
I just got an advanced nursing degree. Right now, I work as a nurse. The hours are just better with what I'm currently doing. I applied for a job a few months ago that I needed my masters for, and I didn't get it. The hours were 12 hour days, 7 days in a row, and then 7 days off. The pay was 1000.00 more a month. The other option is 5 days a week in a clinic. The hours I have now are much better and worth less pay to me. I could actually make 1000.00 more a month at my job now if I wanted to work more days, so that option is always there.

My sister is an advanced degree nurse, and her job consumes her. My ex was a physician, and I've seen how that job can consume a person's life. I just feel like I've come to a point in my life where I'm not interested in chasing a career anymore. I want to focus on other things like travel, working on the book I've half finished, and getting back into hiking. Last month, I was thinking about how weird last year was and how I feel like I've let some of my goals slide in the past several years. I wrote down some goals, and none of them had to do with my career.
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Work to live or live to work?

Received my degree in Biology, ended up in the restaurant/club business based on an interest developed while putting myself through school. Enjoyed (almost) every minute of it so no regrets and have made a good living for my family and self.

Having had some older family members pass away, none in their final days said "wish I'd made another $100K". Do what you enjoy and enjoy life doing it...

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I worked with a doctor who would say, "On your deathbed, no one thinks, I wish I'd worked more." It's kind of the same with me. I'm not going to wish I'd left a good job to make more money. I actually have two degrees in English and left a PhD program with no plans. Just up and left during orientation. That was in 2005. I dropped out of my classes, drove 12 hours home, and never regretted it. Crazy decision but turned out so well for me. There are no jobs for humanities PhDs. I wound be stuck somewhere as an adjunct with no benefits.
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Old 1st January 2019, 1:12 PM   #9
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I agree with the others.. it's about being happy.

I do have a but though... benefits and retirement/pension are also everything today.
Working the hours you are they most likely aren't paying huge benefits/insurance and forget the 401-k or pension..

How does your future play into it or are you just living life as it comes..
I have always invested and participated in a 401-k and have almost 40 years doing so since my job doesn't include a pension..

That was my priority growing up.. retirement.. many people don't have that as a priority and just live life as it comes.. all are good...
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I agree with the others.. it's about being happy.

I do have a but though... benefits and retirement/pension are also everything today.
Working the hours you are they most likely aren't paying huge benefits/insurance and forget the 401-k or pension..

How does your future play into it or are you just living life as it comes..
I have always invested and participated in a 401-k and have almost 40 years doing so since my job doesn't include a pension..

That was my priority growing up.. retirement.. many people don't have that as a priority and just live life as it comes.. all are good...
I have good health insurance, so that's a big plus. I'm full time, so I get full benefits. I have a 403b because I work for a non-profit. I work 60 hours every 2 weeks but get paid for 80. That's how I'm able to work only 10 days (they are 12 hour days). I probably should have explained that. I've done the math, and I should be okay with retirement. Not rich, but I'll have enough put away. Retirement does worry me, but I feel like I've done what I can to prepare for now.

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Old 2nd January 2019, 12:00 PM   #11
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I was working in a very stressful environment up until a few months ago. My former boss was very stressed out all the time and made everyday stressful. I was working 12 hour days; I had to leave early each morning and got home late each night. I was missing out on things for my kid; I had to rely on my parents and a babysitter to pick her up because I couldn't get home in time; it was rough. I was tired everyday when I came home; I wasn't going to the gym because I was so tired, and I just didn't have time to do anything other than work!

I found a job a few months ago that was a much better commute, it's only about 20 minutes from home. The pay is a little lower, and the workload is less -- so far. :-) Anyway, the hours are much more flexible and it's easy to jet out and come back if I have an appointment or whatever. But most importantly, I'm now able to pick up my kid from after school care program and take her to practices, etc. I'm excited to get more workload as the time goes on, and it would be nice to get a bump in salary soon; but overall, my quality of living feels so much better.

Sometimes you have to sacrifice a bigger salary, a bigger job for a better quality of life. :-) There's that great quote someone once said, I forget who it was: "No one ever said on their deathbed, I should have spent more time at the office."
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Old 2nd January 2019, 3:54 PM   #12
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I was working in a very stressful environment up until a few months ago. My former boss was very stressed out all the time and made everyday stressful. I was working 12 hour days; I had to leave early each morning and got home late each night. I was missing out on things for my kid; I had to rely on my parents and a babysitter to pick her up because I couldn't get home in time; it was rough. I was tired everyday when I came home; I wasn't going to the gym because I was so tired, and I just didn't have time to do anything other than work!

I found a job a few months ago that was a much better commute, it's only about 20 minutes from home. The pay is a little lower, and the workload is less -- so far. :-) Anyway, the hours are much more flexible and it's easy to jet out and come back if I have an appointment or whatever. But most importantly, I'm now able to pick up my kid from after school care program and take her to practices, etc. I'm excited to get more workload as the time goes on, and it would be nice to get a bump in salary soon; but overall, my quality of living feels so much better.

Sometimes you have to sacrifice a bigger salary, a bigger job for a better quality of life. :-) There's that great quote someone once said, I forget who it was: "No one ever said on their deathbed, I should have spent more time at the office."
I worked with a guy who would bring that quote up. I have felt peace about this decision. Since May, I've felt like I was in limbo, but I feel good right now. I turned 38 this year and have been taking stock of where I am in life. How I want the next few years to go. I've kind of floundered the past few years. I was so engrossed in finishing my degree that I stopped living my life to some degree and put things on hold.
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Old 2nd January 2019, 8:05 PM   #13
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I've worked at a job for just over a year and a half that was so stressful, that most of my colleagues had broken down in tears at least once in our group. It was crazy stressful. Near the end, my hands would even shake from nervousness. During that time, I developed gallstones and spent a day in the ER. After speaking to a pushy surgeon, I decided to take things into my own hands. Ever since I changed jobs where I am now very rarely stressed, I haven't had a gallstone attack since and still have my gallbladder.

Stress is often very costly, health-wise, and not worth the monetary rewards. I'm currently earning more than at the last job too! I'll probably not make the jump to another job unless this one becomes stressful as I'm finally happy.
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A random opinion on "deathbed quotes".

I keep hearing this time and time again, how when people are dying they always say that they never regret not making more money or working more (and usually it's from a drawn out illness such as cancer).

Let's look at this realistically. When a person is dying, their energy level slowly decreases to the point where they drift in and out of consciousness. They have no energy to do anything else but to hold their loved ones hand and maybe talk. In that state, it is natural for a person to be repelled by the mere thought of working. People also have a tendency to remake their memories based on their current mood and state of mind. It doesn't surprise me in the least that deathbed quotes are along the lines "all you need is love". That doesn't mean they should be taken as the gospel or "this is the real truth". This is true for them in their altered state of mind. I have heard of cases of people making miracle recoveries and went straight back to their old lifestyle.

There are people out there who derive happiness from dynamic, adrenaline pumped work environment. There are even people that are happier getting a promotion than getting married. If you are the type that doesn't and isn't motivated by achievement then that's fine, but it's not some universal truth.

Solid retirement plan is also crucial if you don't want to spend last years of your life leaving in poverty. And for that, you actually need more money than you think.
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I was just trying to be positive with the quote!

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