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Do you actually believe in what you are doing as a career, or is it just the money and prestige that keeps you at your firm?

 
#1 Do you actually believe in what you are doing as a career, or is it just the money and prestige that keeps you at your firm?
13/09/2007 13:36

I'm Ron Burgundy

Answers please...

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#2 RE: Do you actually believe in what you are doing as a career, or is it just the money and prestige that keeps you at your firm?
13/09/2007 13:55

Mr S. Kint to I'm Ron Burgundy (#1)

I believe in what I do, but then again my role is very much a 'down to earth' one which pays peanuts. I do get very frustrated with it all sometimes, however - especially the pay.

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#3 RE: Do you actually believe in what you are doing as a career, or is it just the money and prestige that keeps you at your firm?
13/09/2007 14:11

right to Mr S. Kint (#2)

Dear Mr S Kint, what steps have you actually taken to get a new job. You have been moaning about how underpaid you are for ages. The market is strong. If you cannot move now, the opportunity might not be there in the future.

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#4 RE: Do you actually believe in what you are doing as a career, or is it just the money and prestige that keeps you at your firm?
13/09/2007 14:43

Mr S. Kint to right (#3)

I have been to a few interviews with big companies, but got turned down because I don't have much experience of working with blue chips. I have looked at a few other companies too but they seem far too demanding in terms of hours and travel compared to what they pay. My current job doesn't pay very much at all, but the lifestyle is good. I'd like to maybe sacrifice a little of the lifestyle for a bit more pay, but the only option available seems to be to sacrifice a big chunk of lifestyle for a disproportionately low increase in pay. I'm also very nervous about moving jobs... I'm not a job hopper and am scared that if I move to a new company the grass might not be as green as I think it is. Moving job is a big life decision for me and I'm scared about 'risking it all' by going to a new employer where things may or may not work out, particularly given that I have a mortgage and various debts etc to pay.

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#5 RE: Do you actually believe in what you are doing as a career, or is it just the money and prestige that keeps you at your firm?
13/09/2007 14:48

anon to Mr S. Kint (#4)

a sacrifice in lifestyle now for more pay may mean in 2 - 3 years you have more options to re-address the balance.

a few years sacrifice for the money may be worth it long term

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#6 RE: Do you actually believe in what you are doing as a career, or is it just the money and prestige that keeps you at your firm?
13/09/2007 17:01

I'm Ron Burgundy to anon (#5)

You have hi-jacked my thread but you have also stumbled across the reason I asked the question.

I haven't been home during the week for over four months and am now questioning whether it's all worth it. Sure if I make partner then it will have been an investment, but if I don't it will have been a huge sacrifice of some of the best years of my life. And for what? - maybe a 10% premium over what I would earn in industry.

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#7 RE: Do you actually believe in what you are doing as a career, or is it just the money and prestige that keeps you at your firm?
13/09/2007 17:17

PSN to I'm Ron Burgundy (#6)

i actually really enjoy what i do - i am passionate about the area that i provide specialist advice and assessment in. I know there isn't many people that can do what i do and have business skills. it is very important to me, however, that as a consultant I am earning at least 25% more than what i would earn in industry because i do have a family and my quality time suffers as i am always on the move.

we've managed to get by and reasonably happy in the knowledge that there isn't any industry position that would offer me the same salary - not yet anyway. Maybe with a few more years' experience i might be able to land a C-level job.

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#8 RE: Do you actually believe in what you are doing as a career, or is it just the money and prestige that keeps you at your firm?
13/09/2007 21:07

greyhair to deleted (#0)

Does anyone believe in Powerpoint, bulletpoints, the BCG matrix, balanced scorecards, six sigma anymore? Money for old rope.

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