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Learning, Sharing, and Teaching => Ask a Mustachian => Topic started by: Auckland Stubble on July 16, 2015, 02:48:33 PM

Title: Working to Earn vs Working to Learn
Post by: Auckland Stubble on July 16, 2015, 02:48:33 PM
What are your thoughts on working to earn vs working to learn early in your career.

Would you take slightly less pay if it allowed you to learn the skills necessary to earn a lot more in the future?

e.g. Take role where you will make $X and learn no skills vs take role at less than $X but will equip you will skills to make 2-3 times $X in a few years time.
Title: Re: Working to Earn vs Working to Learn
Post by: zolotiyeruki on July 16, 2015, 04:21:22 PM
First thing to come to mind was this:
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I suppose it depends on what type of job you want long-term.  If the skill you will acquire are the type of skills you'll enjoy using, I think that would tip the scales in that direction.
Title: Re: Working to Earn vs Working to Learn
Post by: AZDude on July 16, 2015, 04:24:11 PM
What are your thoughts on working to earn vs working to learn early in your career.

Would you take slightly less pay if it allowed you to learn the skills necessary to earn a lot more in the future?

e.g. Take role where you will make $X and learn no skills vs take role at less than $X but will equip you will skills to make 2-3 times $X in a few years time.

Definitely. Took my first software development job that paid well below market rate because I needed the experience. Now I make a ton of money. It was the best thing to happen to me.
Title: Re: Working to Earn vs Working to Learn
Post by: JLee on July 16, 2015, 04:45:46 PM
Absolutely.  My company pays ~20% under market rate, but I've been able to learn a LOT in less than three years. My next jump (when I leave) will be substantial.
Title: Re: Working to Earn vs Working to Learn
Post by: Auckland Stubble on July 16, 2015, 06:20:37 PM
The working to learn job would be leading a team of 3-4, getting me valuable people management experience. Definitely want to get into management positions later on.

The work to earn job is doing analysis and reporting. I'm really good at it, but find it a bit boring and feel like I just push numbers around.
Title: Re: Working to Earn vs Working to Learn
Post by: Rosy on July 16, 2015, 08:43:55 PM
The working to learn job would be leading a team of 3-4, getting me valuable people management experience. Definitely want to get into management positions later on.

The work to earn job is doing analysis and reporting. I'm really good at it, but find it a bit boring and feel like I just push numbers around.

There is your answer - you know you want to get into management, so do it! Experience is a huge plus.
Title: Re: Working to Earn vs Working to Learn
Post by: Mrs.LC on July 16, 2015, 10:44:57 PM
The working to learn job would be leading a team of 3-4, getting me valuable people management experience. Definitely want to get into management positions later on.

The work to earn job is doing analysis and reporting. I'm really good at it, but find it a bit boring and feel like I just push numbers around.
You already know you would be bored with the analysis/reporting job and you express an interest in learning and management. I think you know the answer to this!!