Dear Krachel: Should I do a job I hate for a few years (for the money)?

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Welcome to another episode of Dear Krachel, a monthly advice segment where we answer audience questions about life, career, relationships, existential angst, and anything that helps you become a more whole, fulfilled version of yourself.

On this episode, we’re answering questions from:

  • Broke Girl, who deeply fears becoming a “slave to work,” but she has a ton of debt to pay off. Should she keep her freedom (but not make much money), or suck it up and do something she hates for a few years to pay off debt?
  • Frustrated Firestarter, who fears she’s a “dilettante”: a dabbler who loves variety and can’t seriously commit to anything. Does she need a little tough love so she’ll finally focus, or is this not actually a problem?
  • The Forever Student, who’d sign up in a heartbeat if being a student was a paid profession. No “real” job has ever interested her as much as school, so what’s a girl to do? Should she get (yet another) degree or submit to a job in the real world?

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  • Ella

    Wow… I essentially got a free coaching session with this one. I love love loved it. You ladies rock, like the metamorphic ones! #thisisme

    • Kristen Walker

      Knowing your current situation, yes this topic was kind of perfect timing for you, huh? 😉 And it’s hopefully validating to know that other people are struggling with the same questions. Glad you essentially got a free coaching session from this one! (Also, I lol’d at the metamorphic rock comment. ♥)

  • Cassie

    Hi ladies! I totally identify with everyone on this episode, but especially Forever Student! I actually applied last week for grad school—and I need to officially finish my bachelor’s degree even though I have enough credits for about 1.5 of them. I love the positive, future-oriented mindset on college campuses and think I might want to work in one. But that’s also a lot of intense work. I will definitely be listening to the podcast on Tuesday. I miss my coaching sessions, but have other things I need to work toward for now. It would be so great to meet some Clarity on Fire friends in my town 😀 We could all just go live at Hogwarts together.

    • Kristen Walker

      I love that you applied for grad school last week, and now we’re having two episodes in a row about whether or not to go back for more school. What perfect timing! 🙂 I’d love to hear what you think about the Tuesday blog episode when it comes out next week.

      And I’m glad you’re loving the idea of meeting some CoF friends in your area! It’s my life dream to collect all of my favorite people and go live at Hogwarts, so this is the closest we’ve come to being able to do that! 😉

  • Mays

    I feel as if I’m all of these ladies in one! Lol. Great episode!

    • Kristen Walker

      Sounds like you have some kindred spirits out there! In case you were worried that you were alone in feeling how you feel, now you have proof that’s absolutely not true.

  • Alex O'Neill

    Hello ladies,
    Really loved listening to this, you girls make me laugh so much!

    I just wanted to add something to your comments to Forever Student – I have a real love of learning, constantly finding new things I don’t know yet and doing online courses at home etc. The place where I work is a University and they have a great learning ethic – I’ve done all sorts of CPD courses since I’ve been there and had some great learning opportunities, including stuff outside of my job role. PLUS I’ve learnt loads on the job, not just about the work but about myself, personal development, things I love and things I don’t. Don’t underestimate how much of a student you can be when you’re working!

    Also, if you work at a Uni they often give you discount part-time courses too 😉

    Really saw myself in the other two questions too, thanks for today’s entertainment!

    Ally
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    • Rachel East

      Hey Ally,

      Thank you so much for sharing your perspective with us, and the Forever Student. I didn’t know that some universities give you discounts on part-time courses. That’s great insight!

  • April Ettinger

    I feel this podcast really resonated with me, specifically Broke Girl.
    I have been currently grappling with the idea of leaving my job for something more fulfilling. I even started studying to become a group person trainer.
    I too am struggling about staying in my current role in order to be financially comfortable or find something that will make me more happy but not so financially secure. Thank you Rachel and Kristen for always saying what I need to hear.

  • Stefanie Wenker

    I had the exact same problem as Forever Student about a year ago. I also have a MSc. and love being in school, so when it was time to decide what would come next I naturally considered to keep going for my Phd. I was lucky enough to have a coaching session with Rachel after I did the Passion Profile Short Course in December 2017. I had identified that the things I loved about being in school were the freedom to plan my own days, being around inspiring people with like-minded interests and the constant learning. I believed that I would have to give up my freedom in order to find a non-university job, but Rachel pointed out that the type of freedom I was looking for did exist in a “regular” job. I knew then that going back to school was not the right option for me and I focused all my efforts on finding the right job.

    Fast forward and I now have a job I love where I am learning every day, I have the freedom to work from home, I can plan my own days and take saved flex time on a moments notice. Plus I work with a great group of smart people.

    Thinking about what the aspects of University life that I particularly loved really guided me in the right direction.

    Thanks for you insights every week!

    • Rachel East

      Hey Stefanie!

      Thank you so much for sharing this update with us, and with the Forever Student! I’m so happy to hear that you were able to get your needs met in a way that didn’t have to involve more school. 🙂

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