ManoftheHour wrote:You have the people that are holding out for a job that's related in their field of studies. You also have the people that do exactly what nickb is saying. Needless to say, the latter group is doing better.
To further illustrate this point:
1. I have a friend, older guy, who used to work in finance. He got laid off about a year and a half ago. Since then he's been holding out for a job, ideally in finance, that pays as much as he was making before. He's now been unemployed for that entire time. He's living off unemployment and investments, but when that runs out he's gonna have a rough time, because being unemployed is like being single--you do it for a while and it's normal, but if you do it for too long the people you're interested in start wondering if there's something wrong with you.
2. I have had five jobs since I graduated three years ago. Right after graduating, I worked as a software tester. It was a contract position that ended after nine months. Then I got a seasonal job in a warehouse. It wasn't bad work, and I might have been able to get on full time at the end of it, but the pay was absolute shit so I moved on. Got a job as a rent-a-cop at a local shopping mall. That job friggin' sucked. After two weeks I started looking for something else, and found a job editing phone book listings. Not bad, but surprisingly phone books aren't the profitable industry they once were and a bunch of us got laid off about eight months after I signed up. I was unemployed for almost a month, but then got my current job, which should tide me over till law school.
The point? Yes, I've worked some crap jobs. Only three of those five even go on my resume. But you know what? I paid bills every month except for a brief period living with my parents, and even then I paid them a nominal rent. Too many people get hung up on fulfillment and job satisfaction, because they don't understand the difference between a career and a job. Law will be my career. What I'm doing now is a job. You get a career because you find it interesting and challenging and satisfying. You get a job because the rent doesn't pay itself.