Most people seem to agree with my perspective that I should not just take any job for the sake of having at least something. There are a few who don't understand why. This blog is to help anyone who wonders about this understand why.
Reason 1: I want to keep my house. Let's consider what would happen if I took any old job. Consider that my mortgage is about $25,500 per year. Right now, I have to pay all of it because my dad's job isn't pulling in enough to help. He's covering all the utilities though, and his own bills, so that simplifies this blog because I don't have to account for the utilities right now. If I take a job flipping burgers, I might make half my mortgage. That means I take my whole check and deposit it all into mortgage every month. It means I either lose my house, or I become dependent on church and state to pay the difference and to get food and medical help. It means I can't buy any presents for my kids, ever. It means I'm not self reliant. Ok, let's say I become a manager at a restaurant, or I'm 'lucky' enough to get hired as one. I might make $20k or $25k in that position. Still every dollar goes to mortgage, and I'm no better off.
Reason 2: I need to stay in my field. If I settle for just any job, not only will it probably keep me from becoming self reliant, but it could ruin my chances to get back into my field. Linux and the rest of IT and IS are constantly changing. Without constantly working in the field, I could easily get too far behind to ever get back into the field. Yes, I could do some studying at home to try and keep up, but have any of you tried to do that without a spouse, and with 4 children who deserve your attention because they lost their mom? I can do a temporary study needed for a new job to keep up, but I can't do that long term. My children need me. It's either school or work. I doubt I can do both for a while. That means if I take any old job, I'm stuck with it for a while.
Reason 3: I believe in self reliance. If I take any job, I've established that I'll probably not make enough even to pay mortgage, and that I would have to depend on church and state. I've established that it may even end up being long term since I wont have much time to study at home and keep up. I would lose what status I have in my industry. Some might say that getting any job as quick as possible is a pathway to being self reliant. I've just proven it will not. If I want to be self reliant, getting any old job isn't going to accomplish it. It is short sighted. Getting any old job will likely actually make me more reliant, and for a longer term.
There are more reasons, but I think those are the primary ones. I welcome your comments on this topic, whether for, or against what I've said. If you comment, you might want to send me a message because the email feature isn't working and I wont know you commented unless I randomly come across it sometime. I'll respond when appropriate if I notice the comment as well. Also note that if you are logged into this site, your comment will appear, but if not, it will have to await my approval, and you will not see it until then.
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