Looking for some advice on money vs the elusive "job satisfaction.
" A bit specific to advertising/creative types, but I welcome responses from anyone!
A little background: I'm in my 30s, I've got a pile of student loan/credit card debt from grad school that I'm estimated to finish paying off in my 50s at this rate. I work as a creative in advertising, so an important element of my job is building my portfolio over time and feeling creatively engaged in my work. Ultimately, I'd like to get to a point where I can have enough great work in my portfolio that I'll be able to freelance full-time.
So here's my conundrum. I've been getting contacted by recruiters for jobs that would pay substantially more than I make now (I'm talking a 30% pay bump), but it would be in positions that probably won't give me any work for my portfolio and I probably would not enjoy what I'm doing on a daily basis. But the money would be enough to make a huge dent in my debt quickly. I wouldn't be making this salary for a few more years at a regular ad agency.
So do I consider going for one of these high-paying but low-satisfaction jobs for a year or two to cut down the debt? Or do I play the long game and work up to that salary in a place that will help me grow professionally?