Sometimes you gotta know when to hold ’em

While I was driving home the other day I came to an important realization about my life that I would very much hate to do, but it needs to be done at some point in the near future.

I have to leave my job.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my job. I love how stress-free it is. I love how I get to play with the latest software and hardware out there. I love how the people are all generally nice and very easy going. I love that my opinion matters a great deal and I can sway what we do without anyone questioning my knowledge or experience. I love how I get to fuck around and joke with the boss and the “higher ups” without feeling like some little peon that looks like he’s kissing ass.

So Dave why the fuck are you stupid enough to want to leave that position?

Sadly, it’s the money situation… While until I leave I can never reveal where I work, I can say that my place of employment is a non-profit organization in New Jersey. This means pay is literally shit. Well, not shit, but it’s a great deal lower then what I made at my last job. At first I thought I could handle the lesser pay and it worked out pretty well. Since it was a 70 mile closer commute each way, I saved a ton of $$ on gas and maintenance for the little pimp mobile. My benefits are ridiculously inexpensive and the closeness of good and healthy eating places makes lunch a bearable cost. Now that I’m getting older however, I need to start thinking and planning for the events that will begin the next chapters in my life. I for once need to live out on my own and experience that. I need to own my own house. I need to get married. I need to raise a family and I can not do that on what I take home now. Plus, staying at my position longer will only hurt my career path in the future. Granted, I get to play and use neat software and hardware, the fact that I took a pay cut to work where I am now will seriously hinder what I can ask for in my next position.

So, this is why I need to leave my current job now that I love very dearly and to be honest, it blows.

10 replies on “Sometimes you gotta know when to hold ’em”

It’s good to see that you are planning for your future. Once you get those things in line, then everything else will be cake!

Lot o’ luck to ya! xo

Ditto – I love everything about my job except that they barely pay me & I took a 50% paycut to come here for it!

Hmm. I completely understand what you’re going through. The absolute best job I ever had with the nicest coworkers and the coolest boss and most stimulating work was at a nonprofit. But the pay sucked.

You gotta do what you gotta do.

Is there any way you can talk to them about paying you more? Im sure it would be hard since it is a non profit – but maybe?

Sort of.

I’ve actually gotten three raises this past year. The first was my annual salary bump and the last two were put into place when I told them I was looking for a part-time job to bring in extra income. My boss went to bat for me and got me some extra $$$ as a set of mini-raises.

I suppose they can do that again next year, however doing that would mean taking extra money away from the services my organization does and I can not have that on my conscience. I’m good for a bit of time, but I now know I won’t be here for longer than 2-3 years more if that.

It’s too bad that some of the best jobs we run across end up being the ones that don’t pay much and end up being the ones we enjoy the most 🙁

I’m glad to see you planning for your future and being married and having a home. I was starting to wonder if maybe you were going to live the single life forever 😉

Just a little word of advice…

If you love your job and you love what you do really think hard about that before leaving. I had the best job once upon a time. The stupidest thing I ever did was transfer to another office (where I hated it and eventually quit.) I swear since then the job finding has been horrible.

Plus think about how it makes you feel to work for a non-profit company. Do you get a sense of pride knowing that you are doing something for other people and you’re not in it just for the money? It is hard to have that feeling if you work for a profit company. Sure the money would be greater but you may get to a point where you think, “what’s it all for?”

Does any of that make sense? Whatever you decide – GOOD LUCK! 🙂

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