No, this isn’t an ad for a career advice page. Its a carry forward of the questions that Deepak asked last night.
Most of our gripes currently is that we need a job to pay our bills. So, in the last year of college you look for a job, any job. Some people do an elimination – they decide that they do not want a technical engineering career. Some others want a something specific like integrated circuits design. The rest are okay with pretty much anything.
So, you are one of those people who has settled on their passion and said “Look, this is also my career.” But does the mundaneness and trauma of work life make it less of a passion? Think about it. You love your job but your colleagues are really dumb. Or you make really less. Or you just got passed over for a promotion. It could be any number of things that you value in a career that can down it for you.
Especially the paycheck. This is a world in which people discuss salaries routinely. Google paychecks, trading bonuses and consulting firm salaries are discussed all the freaking time. So if your passion cum career pays you less, is it really possible to say “Yeah, I don’t care how much I get paid so long as I eke out a decent living coz I love my job”. It ain’t that easy.
But I guess the question to ask (as Deepak pointed out) is this – What would you be doing if you solved the money problem? Would you still be working at your current job?