When Is It Worth Keeping A Job You Hate?

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]


    I don't hate my job, but I do find it quite boring and the company quite frustrating

    The problem I have is, I'm reasonably well paid for doing something that I find easy and my boss is very easy going, they're also paying for me to attain formal qualifications - I don't want to leave looking for something more interesting or fulfilling to wind up with a crappy job or annoying boss

    The rational part of me is saying a job is a job, and I should work to finish my studies and then look for something a bit higher up somewhere else, but the emotional part says I'm wasting my time, commuting too much and should be doing something I enjoy

    Not the world's worst situation, I don't know how many people actually find jobs they really enjoy doing

    I'm stuck between a rock and hard place right now, I am doing the job I love, but the company I work for is not the ideal company I want to stay with after some things became so frustrating and frankly outright absurd I am forced to look for other work.

    But that's just it. The minute I see a job opening to try and switch, there are more than a thousand other people out there applying for the same job. The chances of ever getting picked for an interview are as slim as winning the lottery. This means that the job seeking process takes years sometimes. In the meantime, do I quit? Who is going to pay the bills?
    So all you can do is suck it up and think to yourself: "Hey I am earning money at least".
    This is a tough thing to do also if you REALLY hate your job.

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