Take big paycut and work more hours for possible better job? - page 2

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Would you take a huge paycut and work more hours if there's a chance you would like the job alot more than your current job? I am considering doing this. I am considering taking a massive paycut, which would likely result in... Read More


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    I took a $9.00 per hour pay cut a few years ago and in the long run it was worth it. Money isn't everything and being home on the weekends with kids and family makes it all worth while. Good luck in your new job if you get it.
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    I did this before too. I was making a ton but not happy. I switched to a lower paying job to make me happier. I am glad I did it. Sometimes I look back and think maybe I should have stuck it out for the $.... but no regrets.
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    I did this exact thing about 6 months ago. I had worked for an extremely busy hospital in a postpartum unit - working 3-12's a week, rotating shifts. I was really started to get burnt out, and while I loved the actual work that I did, the craziness of the environment I was working in was making my life absolutely miserable. I started looking into maternal-child home health nursing, but those openings are hard to come by (apparently everyone loves those jobs!). I didn't give up though! About a year later, a nurse home visitor position opened up with a program called Nurse-Family Partnership (www.nursefamilypartnership.org). I have been here for 6 months - and have never been happier!!! I now work a regular M - F, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. schedule. I NEVER work evenings, weekends or holidays. My kids and husband absolutely love it too - we can finally plan our lives! I did take a rather large paycut, and my benefits certainly reduced. We penny pinch now! But I now ENJOY my life. That is worth so much more than money!!!
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    Quote from kona2
    Would you take a huge paycut and work more hours if there's a chance you would like the job alot more than your current job? I am considering doing this. I am considering taking a massive paycut, which would likely result in having to go from part time work to full time. I have kids, so this is my big consideration. It would be dayshift, M-F with weekends and holidays off, which would be better for my family overall. I wish I didn't have to be full time, but can't really afford to work less at the new lower wage. Hoping for some feedback on those that made the leap. Thanks.
    I did just what you are talking about except that I was full time and still am full time. I did it for quality of life M-F no weekend no holidays and am still loving my new job. Been at it several years now and am very glad I did it!!! When you are looking for quality time with your family you know what you want to do. Something someone once said to me was that jobs may come and go but your family is your family and what is most important to you. Good luck with your decision. I just know it was the best for me
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    Many years ago I took a $10/hr pay cut and left the hospital setting for community health. It allowed me to practice in my small home town and I was significantly more available to my small children.

    It worked out extremely well for me, I learned a new specialty, developed long term professional relationships and contacts, and was a better mother because of it.

    Good luck!
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    I did such a thing 3 years ago. I was not happy where I was working and was invited back to the hospital I started at when I graduated. I jumped at the chance. I did take an 8$$$ an hour cut. But for piece of mind and a happier work place I made that decision.
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    If you're thinking of moving to home health, be sure it's a unionized job or hourly pay. Many home health jobs pay on a salaried basis, for a reason--you can end up working many more than 40 hours per week, with no overtime pay. I don't know if this is the case with your situation, but I'd say be cautious and check out the fine print. As far as going for a job that pays more that you don't like, to a job that pays less that you do like, I'd say go for it. But be careful.
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    If you're thinking of moving to home health, be sure it's a unionized job or hourly pay. Many home health jobs pay on a salaried basis, for a reason--it's beneficial to the agency, because they don't have to pay you overtime! You can end up working many more than 40 hours per week, with no overtime pay. I don't know if this is the case with your situation, but I'd say be cautious and check out the fine print. As far as going for a job that you don't like, that pays more, to a job that pays less that you do like, I'd say go for the one you really like. But be careful. Avoid the salaried trap!!
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    I must be the only one here who would not take a "huge paycut" and add two more days/week to enjoy a job. I would rather stay at 3days/week at a much higher salary, use my vacation days here and there and have more time for my family.
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    I did the same thing. Took a pay cut, but I am much happier. I now have M-F 9-5, 5 weeks vacation, and 12 holidays, pretty much my own office. I am now a Case Manager and I love it!


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