Workplace Monday: would you give up your ability to choose your own career in exchange for a random government job making $150,000/year for life (with annual cost-of-living adjustments)?
That's a nice amount of money. But in the end, the amount of money you have doesn't matter. We're all going to the same place, and I'd rather have lived a life doing what I loved doing, than make tons of money I don't need from a job I didn't choose.
Sorry, my profession is actually gonna do something or somebody.
Although the pay is substantially less... But at least I'll have time for my wife and kids!
Ten years ago, I'd have laughed - even at that salary. Today, I figure the only people from my generation who will be able to retire are the folks who "retire" at 35 and those with a gov. pension. "What about your 401k," you ask? Don't make me laugh!
Government job would be easy
No opportunities for promotions or being fired? I would just do the bare minimum to get by and make a great living.
Random 6 figure job or choose your own for way Less. That is to easy to choose
Why would I take a paycut?
Absolutely not. I'm kind of saddened by how many people would choose a zombie existence on the public dole over a life of purpose, risk taking, and earned self respect.
It's crazy how though still a significant amount, 150K per annum is not a crap ton of money anymore.
No, I would never want to work the Nuclear side of the Government jobs. Too many tag outs and red tape, the stress is beyond what any normal person could deal with.
Those of you saying yes to the "random" government job might not understand that some that work for the government risk their life every day. Are you really willing to do this? Some are. Some do. And for a lot less money which is an injustice to them
Yeah if I have a 20 year pension. Then I retire early and start my own business.
What us that random job & what does it affect. If it's military or selective service, sure. Other areas not so sure.
I joined the military, so I already did that for a lot less money. :-/
Welcome to Common Core....that's the goal. Government control of our lives from preschool forward having a career in what THEY choose for you.
Well...there are some jobs I really wouldn't want, but we barely had enough money to buy our daughters coats this year. So yeah, I'd like to make over 300% of what I do now. Technically I am a state employee anyway. (And no, we don't waste money.)
By the way, those were the first new coats in 3 years.
random job? no thanks I don`t wanna be the one cleaning pigeon crap off the monuments no matter how much it pays.
I don't need 150k. That's stupid. Hell, if they would just raise the damn minimum wage and peg it to inflation already, I'd be just peachy... And I get to stick to my career path. Fučk you, greed!
Take a basic economics class and learn / understand why minimum wage is killing us. Hillsdale College on-line Economics 101 is pretty good and it's a free class.
I can't tell you how many times ppl have said, take a basic Econ class. I've taken several Econ classes. Guess what? Econ classes are biased to whoever wrote the work. I look to respected economists, and none suggest anything even close
I can't help but doubt some free online course is going to change my mind, while world renown economists tend to greatly disagree that raising the min wage does anything but help.
These people saying that working for the government is communism? I just dont understand this thinking..... I feel like these are the people that are pro military....how is that different?
Pretty much what I did as a cop for lots less money and NO cola...
Not for me, but please don't bash everyone who works a government job. There are a lot of good, hardworking people working jobs that we depend on, from air traffic controllers to snowplow drivers. Yes, there are lazy idiots too, but just about any
Career or industry has losers.
I'm for smaller government, but I respect my fellow men and women who truly serve the public in their professions. Thank the people who pick up your trash, run into burning buildings, or deliver your mail.
Basically this question is, "would $150k be enough for you to become a communist?" And so many said, "Yes."
Can I lose said job? Because I might just pretend to work...wait, that's already how it works.
If it's the DMW....eh, no.
Why would I take a pay cut to work in a government job?
In a heart beat! Money talks BS walks
Some of the jobs SUCK... my job, for instance, deals with increasing volumes of work and decreasing employees. We've seen a 40% increase in work and 25% in workforce over the past 5 years.
I WISH I made $150,000...
Not with the job I plan on getting(OBGYN) that pays a lot more than 15,000 a year...
Anyway you could get me on? Lol
I enlisted in the Air Force with an "open general" contract for much less. Sure, I'll take the raise.
Oh you must be up in maelstrom Air Force base? I grew up in great falls. Dads up there retired chief
Yep. Been at Malmstrom almost 2 years.
Oh ok. You prob are tired of the cold? Lol but ya maelstrom is a nice base. When I left they were building the new bx. I'm Lookin to go in the af. My dad's now retired gs 12 in the building with the missile in front of it.
Loss of agency? Never!
Very tempting, but I'd have to know something about the job before I ended up cleaning latrines somewhere cold without a beach.
I would clean latrines for 150K per year.
I'd rather choose what I do and where I do it.
I have a state job now....definitely not making that much :) sure I'd switch!
150k per year, tenured for life? Sure! I'll read porn on day one, and spend the rest of my life enjoying "leave" at full pay. Woo-hoo!!!
Not to many government jobs make that much haha so you'd be high up. Can't believe some of the negative comments about gov employees. I myself am one who works very hard for shitty pay at 8.60 an hour. No benefits, no anything, but I get to
Serve the military community. My mom has worked for civil service for over 35 years...most jobs are supportive to the military's mission not everything is black and white.
Over my dead body.
I would feel like a prostitute
That is pretty much what happened to me
Well... The president is a government job...
I read the question as you don't get to choose in advance. You sign up and a random job is selected for you. In other words would you take an average government job for 150k?
1/ a few million is good enough for me
Where do I sign up?
No, I'd probably end up hating my job. You'd have to offer me a lot more money to change my answer.
I said yes only because if they are paying that much, then most likely the job will be challenging and rewarding regardless of what field it's in.
Public nudity amendment propagandist? Yes!
While that would nearly double my income, I'm a pastor...there is no better retirement!
Considering I already technically work a government job and would never make 1/2 that- hell yes
What the government giveth, the government may taketh away. I aim for as little governmental intrusion as possible in my daily life. I certainly don't want them having power over my career.
Wow this seems like a really bad sign.
For 150,000 I wouldn't care. Shoot I would the executioner at the state pen for 150k.
Damn those federal employees for keeping our skies safe with their air traffic controllers and for keeping our food safe through inspectors in the USDA and FDA. Damn them all to hell! LOL. *end sarcasm*
I love my federal career :) it's amazing!
Did you choose it, or was it chosen for you?
Can't buy me looooove
I stopped reading at "government"
I couldn't survive on the pay cut.
Wow, I want your job and with the cost of living in Iowa......