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Jobs, Career, Money: Things That Matter

I have been thinking about jobs and careers and money a whole bunch lately.

I have a job, but not the career I want.

I have money, but not enough.

It surprises me to say both those things, but they are true.

I am not highly career-oriented, but I have realized that if/since I will spend 40 hours a week contributing to some sort of business endeavour, I want it to be something that I fully buy into, somewhere I would recruit my friends to join me, where the vision is to accomplish something bigger than ourselves.

I don't care about being overly-rich, but I have come to value three things that I am not currently able to afford; living debt-free, saving money for the future and being able to travel. The first two seem obvious. The third: I'm not a big spender in most areas of life, and am most likely to "indulge" myself in a trip to visit far-away friends or see a new part of the world. I feel okay about this.

As I have been thinking and talking about my next job, the numbers on the salary have played a bigger role than I'd expected. I sometimes browse websites, and immediately write off work that is at my current salary level. I don't think I make that much, given my education, experience and location. And don't get me wrong; I'm grateful to have a job at all. But this can't be forever.

In the past month, I've had two conversations with people who would like me to work with them. Both are jobs I could get excited about. (They're somewhat similar jobs, which affirms to me that this area-of-interest could become an area-of-expertise.)

But the glitch is that neither can offer me a salary tomorrow. One is a business start-up with limited capital. The other is a non-profit in which staff raise their own support. Both scenarios make me nervous, even though the content of the jobs sound just about perfect...

Why am I telling you this? I don't know. But them's my current thoughts.

Anyone want to throw a decent-paying cause-oriented job my way?


Sarah said…
In my experience, you have to choose between a good cause and good money, because they tend not to be found together. If I'm wrong, I'd love to know about it and would consider changing jobs :)
Beth said…
Sarah, I have to say... I don't think cause-oriented jobs are uber-high-paying, but I DO think that it's possible to find a good cause and good money in the same place. If I had accounting skills, I would have a bunch more options to apply for :)
Sean said…
The best job sounds like it would be cause based and would let you raise funds to travel!

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