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Re: Moral Dilemma

by Corion (Patriarch)
on Apr 26, 2003 at 09:16 UTC ( [id://253335]=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Moral Dilemma

I think you are not really clear about priorities :

  1. You say that you desperately need a job, and that you never worked before (in the sense of a 9-5 job).
  2. You say that you can get a certain amount of money from that prospective job.
  3. This prospective amount of prospective money will be the most money you ever made (this almost directly follows from the previous two points).
  4. You think that your situation allows you to skip this job offer and wait for a better one.
  5. You think that this prospective job will possibly make you an outcast with "the community".

These points can be summarized to the following choices (IMO):

Points 1,2,3 lead you to a wholehearted "YES" to that job offer, because your situation is bad, and you will need the money before it gets worse.

Point 4 says your situation isn't that bad at all and you can still get by, in the hope that the situation gets better.

Point 5 depends on the job and the community - if you are a drug dealer and now take a job "offered" by the FBI, your community might look down on you (and your family) for killing and imprisoning members of your community, but it is you who needs to get his priorities clear and make this decision.

In my opinion, any job that brings food on the table is currently a good job. You can always claim the low pay was to this or that reason and that you want/need a higher salary in your next position. If the job pays enough to motivate you getting out of bed in the morning, then the job pays enough to be taken, and believe it or not, working for money isn't frowned upon within the Perl community.

The decision you have to make is whether you need the money or not and whether another available job (flipping burgers for example) will pay/satisfy equally or more and is available. If you think you can stall this decision, you will end up with no job and no money.

And btw, I think USD 30,000 isn't that bad a salary (not knowing how much/what you have to do for that).

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Re: Re: Moral Dilemma
by Anonymous Monk on Apr 26, 2003 at 15:11 UTC
    Thank you for the assistance (and everyone else as well).

    While I realize this question's answer may have seemed obvious to all of you, the way the job was phrased was roughly "there's one really bad thing about this job, and it's the money". I wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something important that taking a "low-paying" job would mean.

    Now that I know better, there's no problem. ;) Again, thank you all very much!

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