When Is It Worth Keeping A Job You Hate?

We’ve talked quite often about when it’s time to quit a job you hate. However, there are plenty of perfectly valid reasons to keep a job you can’t stand — especially if it might lead you to that job you’ll love.

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Finance blog Cash Cow Couple brainstorms a few reasons that it might be worthwhile to keep a loathsome job. Certain reasons are obvious (like the most basic one: needing money). However, there are other reasons, such as working an extra job to pay down debt more quickly:

I’m paying off debt. If working a crappy job helps me pay off debt at an accelerated pace, I’d keep working the crappy job. When I was paying off my student loan debt I wasn’t always happy at my job. I was working the nightshift and barely got to see my friends and family. But I knew that making a temporarily sacrifice was worth it to be debt-free…

The job I hate will get me to the job I love. Hate your current job but know you’ll get promoted to a job you like? I worked a job I really disliked for 6 months because I knew that I would get promoted into a job that was much more enjoyable (and better paying).

In many cases, being stuck in a job you hate isn’t ideal. However, knowing the reasons you’re staying with the job can help you decide what to do next or how to get the most out of your time there.

Have you ever stayed in a job you hate so you could get something more than just money? What makes a crappy job worth sticking around for? Tell us in the comments.

7 Reasons I’d Keep Working a Job I Hate [Cash Cow Couple via Rockstar Finance]