This May Be The Millennial Way Of Thinking, But I'd Rather Have A Job I Love Than Be Rich
Start writing a post
Adulting

This May Be The Millennial Way Of Thinking, But I'd Rather Have A Job I Love Than Be Rich

You can tell me all day long that I have the potential to get better jobs, but I would rather leave work every day happy and knowing I impacted a life than making six figures.

24
This May Be The Millennial Way Of Thinking, But I'd Rather Have A Job I Love Than Be Rich
Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

A lot of my older professors, supervisors, counselors, and even friends, constantly nag me for going into legal advocacy, rather than pursuing a job that "pays more." I get told almost daily that with my sets of skills, my loaded resume, and my go-getter work ethic, that I would do so well literally anything that makes the big bucks.

Here's the thing: I want to be paid in changing someone's life and making an impact, rather than being paid the big bucks in a job I wouldn't be happy in.

Don't get me wrong: I love money. It's obviously a necessity, but I love my high end makeup and shoes. I love to spoil my boyfriend, and take us on trips, however my mindset is on more than just spending money and living lavishly. My entire life, I was told money was the way to go: help others, but in return, get something back. Quid pro quo: a favor for a favor. And to a certain extent, that is a great way of living so you get what you deserve for the work you do. Growing up and volunteering at different places, however, has changed my way of life.

I work 5 jobs: 3 of which are unpaid, and used for professional growth. Those three jobs are crucial to my future, as I am gaining valuable knowledge in the field, and figuring out what I want to do with life. I am making connections, building my resume, and most importantly, making change in people's lives. The career I want to go into makes great money, but it isn't as much as I would make being a CEO of a business or a doctor.

And that's the thing: I don't want to work a job I dislike for the rest of my life just for money, when I know my passion is in making change in the world.

So the next time someone tells me I need to reconsider my future, I'll just smile and nod. Because this isn't their future for their taking — I'm claiming it as mine.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Featured

It Is July Already?

When you realize we're half way through summer and you did nothing fun

75

Well, the Fourth of July has passed and now you suddenly realize that summer is practically over, and you didn’t do half of the epic fun things you thought you were going to do. For many of us, summer vacation is anything but a “vacation”. Between the hustle of internships and seasonal jobs, we’ve forgotten to have a little fun too. But it’s not too late! With only a few more weeks left of summer vacation, here are five more ways you can take advantage of the rest of what summer has to offer.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Every "Scrubs" Fan NEEDS To Know These Dr. Cox Quotes

Dr. Cox may be the most sarcastic, snarky, and nasty person to ever cross television screens.

668
Every "Scrubs" Fan NEEDS To Know These Dr. Cox Quotes

Dr. Cox may be the most sarcastic, snarky, and nasty person to ever cross television screens. His long-winded commentary and ability to destroy just about anyone made him terrifying and hilarious. Once you broke through his tough persona, Dr. Cox was genuine, caring and dedicated. He wanted the best for his patients and his interns. Here are some of funniest, most sarcastic and downright mean lines that Dr. Cox has said during his stint on Scrubs.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Patriotism doesn't end with Independence day

If you can be proud of your country on he 4th of July, you can be proud all year long.

6011
Patriotism doesn't end with Independence day
Photo by Rob Martinez on Unsplash

I'm the child of a Marine Veteran. He may have been out of the service by the time I was born, but the Patriotic Pride he lived by has been my family's life line. I grew up with the American Flag hanging in my front porch. My dad has the "Proud to be a Marine" license plate in the front of his car. And red, white, and blue is a completely acceptable way to decorate your living room. But it doesn't end with just that. You need to know why we celebrate freedom.

Keep Reading... Show less

According to Katy Perry, "Baby You're a Firework." I don't know if she was referring to the Fourth of July when she was referencing fireworks, but this song has allowed this generation to rejoice. The song "Firework" allows people of all ages to appreciate the lyrics, as the song brings forth a positive state of mind. Unfortunately, just like the song, not every knows what the Fourth of July is actually for. Many just assume it is that one time of year you get to spend time barbecuing and see fireworks light up the sky. Even though many are not aware of the American historical significance, this holiday has annually encouraged people to come together happily, which could very much be the importance of it.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Why Fourth Of July is America’s Biggest Frat Party

It’s the celebration of our great nation, and you’re all invited.

4254

It’s the celebration of our great nation, and you’re all invited.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments