Redditors who changed careers from a high paying but stressful job to a lower paying but low stress job, was it worth it, why or why not?

Redditors who changed careers from a high paying but stressful job to a lower paying but low stress job, was it worth it, why or why not?

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13 thoughts on “Redditors who changed careers from a high paying but stressful job to a lower paying but low stress job, was it worth it, why or why not?”

  1. Yes. It has come with some sacrifices, like I can’t do the lavish vacations or buy the super fancy cars that all my neighbors do/have, but I also get to be at home every night and weekend. I learned through a stretch of rapid ascent up the corporate ladder that I don’t care about that kind of ambition and got super burned out. I’m finally healing.

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  2. Yes it is definitely worth it as long as it makes you happy and you can look after yourself and your loved ones.. that’s all that matters

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  3. Yes. Yes. Yes.

    I took a 25% base pay-cut 4 years ago to escape a terrible situation at a terrible company. My new job was salaried, no overtime pay but also no real expectation of overtime. No regrets.

    I used to rake in paychecks that started with a $5xxx, net, with overtime but the negative effects on my health made it pointless. If you’re working crazy overtime for too long, you’re going to wind up in the hospital, especially if it’s a high-stress job in a hostile work environment. I gave up the overtime, the title, and the base pay for a far better job elsewhere. To be honest, I haven’t really even noticed a difference financially since I have far fewer medical expenses nowadays.

    My health had tanked previously, and my employer couldn’t care less. The heartless bastards would actually have someone pack up my laptop and deliver it to me in the emergency room.

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  4. Yep.

    The check is smaller, but comparable to what I would have lost in a divorce in a couple years.

    About a 45% pay cut, but my “real” labor hours dropped from like 65 and permanent on-call status to about 35 hrs so and after 4, I CANNOT BE CONTACTED… worth it. I’m genuinely happier, healthier, and family life is now GREAT instead of slowly decaying.

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  5. I didn’t really change companies but I had my middle management position eliminated (60+ hour weeks, stress) but was assigned to another position with about a 20k decrease. But it was 35 hour weeks, low stress, less meetings and when the day was over I was done: no after hour calls, no late nights. It was awesome and I ended up being glad I didn’t leave for another company and another management position.

    I have since moved on but i wouldn’t go back to a stress filled life.

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  6. Yes. 100% worth it to me. This quote by Jim Carrey always stuck with me and is so true: “I wish everybody could get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.”

    I don’t think anyone has ever been on their death bed and said “I wish I put a few more hours in at the office”. We only get one life, work and money are not the most important things. Family, friends, experiences, sunsets, sunrises, little league games, holidays, love. That is what makes life worth living.

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  7. It was for me. The hours and stress were impacting my mental health, physical health, and my relationships. The money was good, but I’m so much happier now. I make about 40% less but I feel like an actual human being again.

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  8. 100%. Although what’s interesting is once I didn’t hate my job I did a much better job advancing and now I make about what I did back then.

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  9. Went from being a sous chef to a custodian. It was the best choice I ever made. I was working 12+ hours a day, now I only work for 8, but half the time there isn’t anything to do, so I’m able to sit in my office doing nothing but post on reddit.

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  10. I think it was. I still make good money, so there’s that. But, my higher paying job also came with a ton more stress, and less respect from the company. At my current job, when I am done for the day I’m done. I don’t take home nearly as much stress or worry, or worse – work. My coworkers and management team are much more respectful, and I actually feel like I am a valued part of the team, rather than “the guy who has that job right now”

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  11. Yes it was. The pay differential was a lot to overcome initially. My partner didn’t need to work when I had my high paying job and needed to once I left. This was for the best too because she found a career path that she loves. After almost a year I found another job that is labor intensive but low stress and moderately paying. Kind of the best of both worlds.

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