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Would You Give Up Your Job For One That Pays Less?

Anyone who saw Monday's episode of House knows that Kal Penn is no longer part of the cast. His character shocked viewers by committing suicide on the show, and off-screen he made an unexpected career decision that has people talking.

The actor is taking his talent from the hospital set to the White House and will assume his new role as associate director in the Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs. He commented, "There's not a lot of financial reward in these jobs. Obviously, the opportunity to serve in a capacity like this is an incredible honor."

Undoubtedly, Penn's previous well-paying jobs allow him greater flexibility than most of us, but would you be able to voluntarily give up your position for one that pays less?


jdmxrain jdmxrain 8 years
No. It would be like taking a step backwards...besides why can't you have a job that you love that pays you well? Why does it have to be one or the other? The best thing that you can do is create your own opportunities instead of waiting for the world to give them to you.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
right now i just realistically can't say that i'd do that. if my fiance had a job, then definitely, but since i'm the only one in our house that's earning money and i have to pay ALL the bills, i'm not in a position to take a pay cut.
lawchick lawchick 8 years
In a heartbeat. I'd take a huge salary reduction to be able to do something I love (or maybe even just "like" - LOL). I would have to give up some things like Netflix, HD channels, cute back on hobbies - but I wouldn't think twice!
bengalspice bengalspice 8 years
@prettywarrior: only if you are in trade book publishing and want to draft contracts all day instead of getting paid to read.
prettywarrior prettywarrior 8 years
I can barely pay my bills right now, so I can't afford to take a pay cut for any opportunity. Hey, bengalspice, wanna trade places? I'm in editorial!
Deidre Deidre 8 years
I already have, and it was the best thing I could have ever done. It's cool to see so many other posters have as well! I work better hours, moved to a city I love, REALLY believe in what my company stands for, and have general satisfaction in helping people day after day. Before, it was just my nose to the grindstone, and it wasn't healthy for me. Everyone's gotta do what's right for themselves...
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
Of course, as long as I could still keep a roof over my head.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
It's not like Kal Penn is going to be totally broke while he's working in the White House. He'll probably get other benefits that will make up for the lower pay - which is why I would work for the government! I do things that I'm going to like. As long as they put food on the table and pay the bills, I wouldn't mind.
muchacha muchacha 8 years
I think I may have just come across a job posting that would meet the criteria: lower-paying, excellent opportunity.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
If I made any less than I do now I wouldn't be able to survive soooo....
fakeplanettelex fakeplanettelex 8 years
yes i'd take a pay cut but only if i knew it was an amazing opportunity w/room for growth or if it's a company i'd love to work for.
orangeflowers orangeflowers 8 years
Good for Kal! He is obviously lucky to have such career options.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I'm already underpaid as it is; I don't think I'd want to take any further pay cuts, even if I'd love the job.
luna08 luna08 8 years
I've done this and never regretted it. Especially as friends looked at my job-happiness with jealousy! :)
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
99.9% of people in high level positions in the White House (and in public service in general) could make significantly more money in the private sector; Penn's no different. And yes, if it were the right job, I would.
bengalspice bengalspice 8 years
I'm trying to get into editorial, which pays less than what I am doing now because I would have to be someone's assistant all over again.
Beauty Beauty 8 years
Yeah, of course!
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I did it once. I don't regret it.
stephley stephley 8 years
It's important that you feel the work that you do has some value. I did it when I was younger and I agree with Colleenb, it's liberating.
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
Whatever brings more joy to your life with added experiences, is always something to trade the big bucks for. Yeah money is nice but happiness is a true gift that many have a hard to getting.
colleenb colleenb 8 years
I've done this twice postcollege and it's the most liberating thing ever. Also, watching it blow your parents' minds is an added bonus. Besides both times I was better off because I got better experience in the lower-paying jobs.
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