More and more often I find myself wishing for a more enjoyable job. I haven’t decided what I’d rather be doing but I know I’m not entirely satisfied in my current position. On one hand I consider alternative career paths, on the other, I consider the good benefits and pay of my current position. A more meaningful job certainly wouldn’t pay my bills and with two mortgages, one on my primary residence and the other on a beach property, I know I can’t give up my job without giving up my beach home. So when I weigh the pros and cons of quitting with the pros and cons of giving up my house I get in the car and drive to work.
Then yesterday as I was reading an article in the New York Times I found a quote that summed up my thoughts on the issue.
…they spoke as if a money-clock were ticking: many said they wanted to make as much money as fast as they could so that they could live in style later in life while doing less lucrative things like running a charity, working for the government, spending time with their families, or inventing new technologies.
The article focuses on young hedge fund traders at places like Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. My salary isn’t even close to the those interviewed and I don’t particularly want to live in style, but the overall sentiment is the same. I want to work today to support a more enjoyable more meaningful career and life in the future.
Is this attainable and when could a more meaningful career begin? That’s something I have yet to figure out on paper. For now, my husband and I are saving a good deal of our income, in the hopes that the future might be right around the corner.