I do my best to respond to all reader emails to the best of my ability. I’m not one of those bloggers that chargers per email and calls it “consulting.” When I don’t have the answer, I do my best to try to find it. Today I wanted see if you guys could help out a fellow reader.
I wanted to see what you guys had to say. A reader of Studenomics left this comment a few days ago, seeking out advice on career choices:
I have an offer to teach English in Spain in October, which would be so much fun (and I’ve lived in Europe before, so I know) but very low paying, and I also got a job offer in Project Management in the US, which is a really good job in a well paying field, but I’m so bored! (Example, there is nothing for me to do right now, so I’m writing this at work.) When it rains it pours! I had no offers, and now I have two very different offers. Both have positives and negatives. What should I do?
What would you guys do? What job would you choose and why?
Let’s look at what we need to keep in mind here:
When you’re in debt, the obvious choice will always be to take the higher income so that you can start paying off your debt. Your financial situation will highly dictate your next career moves. A long-term apartment lease can keep you in town much longer than expected. Thousands of dollars in student/credit card debt can force you to work a job you don’t care for until you’re debt free. An emergency fund allows you to take some chances since you have money to fall back on.
Future goals are important when you’re deciding your next big moves in your 20s. If you want to save up for a home down-payment in the near future, you’re going to be in strict saving mode. If you have some time in between financial moves, you can explore less lucrative options and enjoy yourself in your 20s.
Which option will lead to guaranteed and quicker career growth? Sometimes the best way to work towards your dream gig is to sacrifice a little and work for less money. Every industry has different career paths and strategies for moving into the lucrative positions.
There’s a lot more to consider when deciding which job the reader should take. Those were the first thoughts that hit my mind.
For the record, I would take the gig in Spain. I think that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity that you might not be able to explore in the future. I’m assuming that this reader is not married and doesn’t have kids. This is a rare time where you can just get up and leave to chase your dreams. Why not give it a try? If it doesn’t work out you can always come back.
How would you guys advise this reader?