Need advice on a possible job scenario. This may get long, so bear with me.
I am in the position of possibly being offered two jobs: my dream job (which doesn't pay great) or a well paid position (that really doesn't excite me that much).
Job A: This is the job in the field I have been hoping to get into for some time.
The plus sides: my dream job, fun job, great work environment, company that is number 1 of it's type in our market, short commute, enjoyable manager and bosses, opportunity to do some local cool travel, longevity of staff, opportunity to move up as some employees are planning to retire.
The minus sides: taking pay cut from previous job (although still able to make a comfortable living and afford my bills), so-so benefits (takes awhile to build up sick days, vacation days, etc.)
Job B: This is a job in my field. In terms of excitement, it would be okay. It's not as great as job A, but I would still feel comfortable. I can't say I would jump up and down to go to work (like job A), but I would not dread it either. Pay would be significantly higher than job A. Not sure of exact numbers, but approx 10 to 15k higher.
The plus sides: pay, in a great industry for moving up and around in my area
The minus sides: less excitement in job, company takes a number 2 seat in market position in the industry, company has had financial troubles in the past, longer commute, not as fun office environment or staff.
So, what would you do? If A and B paid the same, I would take A. No question. Job B is very tempting because of the salary.
Job A would give me enough money to afford my standard of living, but job B would give me more extra money to play with and splurge on.