Thursday, October 27, 2011

When to take a pay cut

"No success in public life can compensate for failure in the home."
-Benjamin Disraeli
There's a interesting article at Penelope Trunk Blog about the times in your life when it's OK to take a pay cut.
  1. For emotional Independence. Yes you could make more with a large firm but you want to be your own boss and run your own business.
  2. When changing careers. You're doing something new for you, why should you still get the big bucks.
  3. When you're over 40 years old. Salary peaks at age 40! (that's a rude shock to learn). There are exceptions - lawyers, surgeons(?), and those who succeed in climbing the corporate ladder.
  4. If unemployed for six months.  You'll most like need to take a pay cut to get hired again.
  5. If changing jobs to be close to family. Relationships trump money.
  6. If you get a great boss.
  7. If you can not cope with the stress of not working.
  8. If you need better insurance.
Bottom Line

Penelope has an excellent conclusion,
You are not your salary. You are not worth less in the world because you are paid less in your job. Get your self-worth from a wide range of things and a pay cut won't matter to you. Focus on the components of a good job: learning, personal growth, friends at work, and a good family life. All those things are worth a lot more than a pay cut.

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