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Help with possible life-changing decision

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by BertoltBrecht, Aug 22, 2007.

  1. BertoltBrecht

    BertoltBrecht Member

    I'm only a year and a half out of school, working at a small (circ. 5,500) daily. The pay is shit but I love what I do. My father's friend has an opening in sales, a ridiculous job that pays around $60K.
    I don't want to leave the business — but the money, the filthy stinking money is almost 200 percent more than I make.
    I know some of you have made the same choice, or at least thought about it, or if you could spare some time, any advice would be welcome.
  2. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    Nobody ever said that once you leave a 5K paper, you can never write again. Opportunities like this don't come along every day. You can always find somewhere to freelance, keep your feet wet. Still, there's something to be said for doing what you love. ... Listen to your heart; listen to your head. Make your own decision. G'luck.
  3. PHINJ

    PHINJ Active Member

    Hand in your notice today.
  4. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    ask yourself what your options are if you stay. how much less than $60k are you going to be making 8 years from now ... how much more.

    ask yourself why you're still at a 5k paper; how difficult/likely will it be to advance. ask yourself if you believe you can feed a few more mouths in a few more years.
  5. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    . . . in an industry which has grown increasingly hostile to any legitimate life-plans of 'most-anyone
    outside the top 0.5% . . .
  6. Babs

    Babs Member

    Knowing now what I didn't know "when I was your age," take the offer. Once you've socked away a nice little retirement stash, you can always go back to writing.
  7. txsportsscribe

    txsportsscribe Active Member

    can i have the sales job if you stay where you're at?
  8. spaceman

    spaceman Active Member

    are you any good at sales?
  9. Bob Slydell

    Bob Slydell Active Member

    Take the money. Now. Life is easier to regret when you have some money in the bank. $60K right out of school is impressive.

    You can always string for a paper.
  10. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    "Life is easier to regret when you have some money in the bank."

    that may become my new moto in life.
  11. captzulu

    captzulu Member

    If you like sales, I say go for the job and do freelance writing on the side.
  12. HandsomeHarley

    HandsomeHarley Well-Known Member

    Is there any reason why you couldn't have both?

    If you like sales, take the job and work 2-3 nights a week as a stringer.

    If you don't like sales, no amount of money is going to make you happy.
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