Kirk Harrington
over 6 months ago

Mostly but not really.

I work in a specialized, highly intense field of customer service. I recent came across this site and I have found that the conversations here are very narrow in scope and revolve around trouble with employers or locating a job. My industry sells roughly 500k new vehicles annually and a total community that is shy of 9 million. I make good money at it. Not rock star money but very comfortable. I just lost my job for a very lame reason. Do I exit or continue the field? I left Atlanta for Savannah and Savannah for Seattle. Being homesick for the Southeast, I took a job in Florida. It lasted only 8 months. I'm not whining mind you. It's perspective. I likely cannot make the same income in the area I live in. Therefore, I prepare to move or do I accept lesser income? I like my lifestyle and income level so now the question is do I change industries or do I move? See, in life we must make hard choices. Do what I love and move from a place that I just recently move to or move to a different industry and likely make the money I am used to and leave an industry I loved being in for most of my adult like? Life is filled with these options. I tell my kid that "You go where the money is". Thing is, maybe the money isn't in the field I love anymore and it's time to do the same thing in a different world of wheels. Life is a choice. Sometimes you make the wrong one, but in nearly every instance you can change your direction. Life is interesting. The thing you must always remember is you must keep moving forward... even if it's the wrong direction. You can always change that direction if you want.

Matt Bornhorst

Wow Kirk Harrington - I am sorry to hear about your job loss. That definitely sucks.

As for your question, I think that it really depends on what you want to do. As you told your kid - follow the money. But money (while definitely really important in our society) isn't the end-all be-all. You could move closer to family. You could move to a climate that suits you better.

I would do a comparison on average costs of living vs average income for your role. Glassdoor has a good estimation on average salaries. If you are used to a certain lifestyle, then taking a big payout to stay in the same cost of living area is going to be an adjustment.

Additionally, moving to a new industry can be stressful and hard, but also rewarding if you make the most of it. Is the industry you're considering moving to going to interest you and allow you room for advancement?

There are a lot of things to consider at this point, as you brought up. I wish you nothing but the best, and hope that this gave you more to think about. I look forward to seeing what others have to say!

I know that Anthony Harrington always provides great advice. I hope he can take a few minutes out of his busy day to give his input!

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Pam Robinson

You sound as confused as you made me feel. I honestly cannot answer your question because I do not think you can come up with a satisfactory answer for yourself. You can't decide if you want money or comfort. Good luck.

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