Need Some Job/Future Advice

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  1. Razerwire

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    Here's the situation:

    Job A:

    -Least amount of salary offered.
    -Moderate amount of stress.
    -Academic, which means you can later work for non-academic. Non-academics normally wouldn't be hired back into academia in this situation.
    -Real estate and standard of living in the area is rather cheap but since the salary is lower, it kinda evens out.
    -Excellent job stability.
    -Must do a good deal of research and write/publish papers.

    Job B:

    -Middle of the road as far as salary is offered.
    -Good signing bonus.
    -Non-academic.
    -Government job meaning excellent retirement pension, etc.
    -All the federal holidays are observed.
    -Same amount of stress as Job A.
    -Working here would mean you're permanently stuck in Washington DC.
    -Cost of living and real estate is higher here than Job A.
    -Excellent job stability.
    -Must do research and write/publish papers, but less than Job A.
    -Most vacation days.

    Job C:

    -Huge salary with excellent signing bonus.
    -High stress.
    -Cost of living and real estate is ridiculously high.
    -Least amount of job stability.
    -After working 3-4 years, you can request to be transferred to another city.
    -Least amount of vacation time.
    -Most amount of work hours.

    What would you go for? Is money the commanding factor or happiness? And by money, let's put it at:

    Job A: $60K with no signing bonus.
    Job B: $113K+$10K signing bonus.
    Job C: $150K+$25K signing bonus.

    So we're talking about a BIG difference in the money. So what would you choose and why?
     
  2. Superquad7

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    A or B sounds really good. C doesn't sound like it has as much future potential despite the pay.
     
  3. Razerwire

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    Actually Job C has pretty good potential since it's possible to transfer to other offices in the nation or worldwide. The only hurdle is whether or not the stress will get to you first.
     
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    I'd say A or B as well. I was going to suggest B with no question but the "being stuck" part and the cost of living thing made me wonder if that's any good or not. It looks like A is still a good option, even though it's less money than the other two it's still not bad money, still more than a lot of people make really, and it looks to have a good amount of freedom. I don't think you should necessarily just go for the max amount of money unless there are huge debt issues or others you're having to support.
     
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    Stress can do fucked up things to a person, ultimately you have to find a balance between stress and pay, I would think that the difference in quality of life would outweigh the high pay of job C.

    I'd go with A or B.
     
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    Completely depends on the personality of the person. Too much stress for me and my freezer starts to fill up with the severed heads of those who cross my path.
     
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    I'm with the majority on either choosing A or B

    Maybe after 3-4 years you can request a transfer. But if the job itself doesn't have stability. One should be open to the possibility of not lasting that long. IMPO the stability of A and B are stronger selling points. Even if Job C pays more
     
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    I'd go with B. It seems to have the best of both worlds, and it has benefits (retirement and medical are always a plus). A seems like it would be fun for a little while, but you might get board at a job like that, and C is just way too much pressure.
     
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    B.
     
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    A or B
     
  11. Razerwire

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    So from what I understand, a $37K pay difference a year isn't worth the stress and job instability? And by job instability, I mean compared to the other two. It's pretty damned hard to get fired in academia or government jobs according to the people who work for such jobs.
     
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    If A actually pays $75k, I'd be all over that. It's important to like your job and be happy, huge paycheck be damned.
     
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    well, job A is 2 and half times by salary as a teacher, so i'd be hella excited for that....but B sounds good, except the stuck in DC part...so, i'd go A....

    EDIT: B might be worth it cuz the money is higher and you get that bonus...so, like most, i say A or B....
     
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    Job A.

    Academic means you also get the federal holidays off, plus snow days (if applicable).
     
  15. Razerwire

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    Well this college in particular has like the least amount of school days possible.
     
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    I'd take B. Job stability, decent pension and only a moderate amount of hassle would appeal to me more then another $40,000 once you start getting to that level of wages.

    Plus i'm biased against education sector jobs thanks to my current employment.
     
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    Actually I recast my vote for A.

    No stress, vacation time, and reasonable cost of living would be worth a lower salary to me. Academic could also mean the ability to take courses free of charge, or at a reduced rate...and that would be nice.
     
  18. Razerwire

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    I forgot to mention this, and I'm not too sure if it really matters, but for A you MUST do research and write/publish papers. B also requires doing research and writing/publishing papers, but less than A.
     
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    Frankly, I think you're very fortunate to have such options in the first place. That said, A.
     
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    I think it is B Bob!
     

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