Why I’m Taking A Pay Cut And Changing Careers

why I'm taking a pay cut and changing careers

Well, the title speaks for itself, huh?!

But if you need me to spell it out for you, YES, this girl right here just got a new full-time job and I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am about it!

I’ll be sharing more details about it in the near future, but for now, here’s what you need to know:

I’m taking a $10,000 paycut to pursue my passion.

Does that sound super corny?

Ugh, whatever. If it does, I don’t care.

Because the thing is, I was dying a slow death at my current job.

It was mostly just the work itself.

I hated it.

It wasn’t something that excited me.

I literally found myself waking up every day more and more upset at the thought of going into work.

And that was a weird feeling, because I’m a pretty happy person! So the fact that I was so unhappy these past few months told me a lot of things.

It told me that I was completely uninspired.

It told me that I felt like I was wasting my life away.

And most importantly, it told me that I was ready for a change.

I’d been flirting with the idea of pursuing a job in the marketing world for a while now. Because, HELLOO…. I live and breathe marketing each every single day with this blog.

For the past four years, I’ve been writing blog posts, writing a book even, and promoting the heck out of all of it.

I’ve discovered a passion for this stuff.

I’ve discovered a passion for social media.

That’s what I’ve been doing with my life every single day after work for the past four years.

And it’s changed me.

I’m not the same person I was when I was in college.

I’m not the same person I was when I was getting my master’s degree.

I’m a 25 year old woman who’s allowed herself to pursue new interests over the past few years, and now I’m finally at a point where I know what I want.

So like I was saying, I’d been flirting with the idea of a career change for a while now. But every time I even thought about it, I couldn’t face the fact that I’d likely need to take a pay cut to explore a totally new career field.

I’ve been a Contract Administrator for the past two years. Before that, I was a Regulatory Coordinator. I’ve dealt with processes and TONS of paperwork and while the experience I gained in each of those roles has been 100% invaluable to me, those aren’t exactly the kind of jobs that qualify me to work in the marketing realm (had it not been for this blog).

So I knew that to make this jump, I’d have to deal with making less money initially, and for a long time, that wasn’t something I was willing to do.

I felt like I had worked so hard to get where I was in terms of my salary.

I felt that taking a step back would mean accepting that I had failed in some way, and I didn’t want to let myself down.

But turns out, I was ALREADY letting myself down, because I was keeping myself from going after something that I knew would make me happy.

So I thought a lot.

And I prayed a lot.

And ultimately, I realized that it was time to be a big girl about all this and prioritize my own happiness and well-being over money.

It was time to be INTENTIONAL about my career.

It was time to do the scary thing and leave behind the comfort of a job that I did well and was used to.

So I did that.

I fixed up my resume, applied to positions in the Marketing world, and after a LOT of research and effort, I finally landed myself a new job, one that I know in my gut I’m gunna love.

I’ll be working at an advertising agency as a Social Media Manager/Digital Content Strategist.

I honestly still have a hard time taking that all in.

I don’t think I could have written a better job description for me if I tried.

THAT’S what I’ve been wanting.

THAT’S what I’m supposed to be doing.

And starting Monday, THAT’S gunna be my life.

For the first time in what seems like forever, I’m SO FREAKING EXCITED!

I’m excited and I’m inspired and I’m ready to make things happen.

I’ve already ordered like 6 new marketing books on Amazon and I’m throwing myself into them.

That’s a good feeling.

A feeling that I hadn’t felt in a while.


The feeling that so much awesomeness lies ahead.

The feeling that my real career is just about to start.

So if you’re one of those SO MANY PEOPLE I know who are absolutely MISERABLE at work, here are your choices, friends.

  1. Stay at your current job and stop complaining about how miserable you are.


2. Freaking do something about it.

I’ll be the first one to tell you that I was a part of #1 for a long long time.

But not anymore.

It’s cliché, and it’s annoying to read, even, but MONEY. ISN’T. EVERYTHING.

And I’m glad that I finally came to realize that before it was too late.

Too many people stay at jobs they hate for way too long.

So don’t be one of them.

You get one life.

You get one shot at this.

So make it count.

And I get it… not everyone can take a $10,000 pay cut. If it wasn’t for the extra money that I bring in with my blog, I wouldn’t have been able to make this move.

But before you completely rule out a career change because of even the smallest decrease in salary, sit down and do the numbers.

Figure out what you REALLY NEED to pay all your bills. Figure out if there are areas where you can cut back.

Chances are, you need a lot less than you think.

Or pick up a side hustle to help you supplement your income. That’s the beauty of side hustles.

So that’s my story, and I hope that it helps in some way.

We all deserve to be happy.

We all deserve to have jobs that don’t make us cry every day.

But we won’t always find that perfect fit right out of college.

Sometimes we have to try different things.

Sometimes we have to try A LOT of different things.

But I can promise you one thing…

You won’t ever figure out what you love if you don’t give things a shot.

Looking for one-on-one career counseling? Shoot me an e-mail at lostgenygirl@gmail.com for more info.

Know anyone who could use some career advice?


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  1. Shann Eva

    July 29, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Congratulations! That job sounds absolutely perfect for you! I definitely stayed in jobs I hated for way to long, so I’m totally with you on making that move. Best of luck,and I can’t wait to hear about your new journey.

  2. Katie

    July 29, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Congrats girl! It’s scary to make a change like that, I get it! I took a MAJOR pay cut when I started my current job (I’ve been here about 9 months) and while there are connections to what I used to do, it wasn’t the same and that was scary in a lot of ways. I went from working in the music industry with a semi-name for myself to working as a social media marketing coordinator / content writer. Congrats again, I can’t wait to hear where this journey takes you!

  3. Tianna

    July 29, 2016 at 10:59 am

    wow girl! congrats on your new job and congrats on making the change – not everyone is brave enough to do that! have a great weekend 🙂

  4. Nellwyn

    July 29, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    Good for you! You must be so excited! I recently went down to part time at my job (and took a pay cut there) so that I can pursue writing and get my masters degree. It’s so worth it and I’ve never been happier despite needed to budget a little more carefully

  5. Rachel

    July 29, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    How exciting! Good for you for making the switch. I hope you love it!

  6. Leah

    July 29, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Congrats! I am so so happy for you. I recently made a similar big decision but it was a bit riskier. So, reading this post gives me lots of hope, motivation, and inspiration. Thank you and CONGRATS! I can’t wait to hear more 🙂

    – Leah at http://www.urban20something.com

  7. Jill

    July 29, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Congrats! Good on ya!

  8. Jessica

    July 29, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    How exciting! Congrats…you’ve got this!

  9. Falon

    July 29, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    Congrats on the new job! I recently left a job that was sucking the life out of me too, and I have never been happier. You’ll do great!

  10. Kim M

    July 29, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    I can feel your excitement. Im excited for you and this new journey. You are going to rock it!

  11. Natalia

    July 29, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Good luck in your new adventure! I was in the same situation and sometimes you need to take two steps back to move forward!

  12. Neely Moldovan

    July 29, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    I think its so wonderful! Passion is so important! I cant wait to hear more about it!

  13. Lindsay

    July 29, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Congratulations and good for you. So many people stay in their jobs for a variety of reasons but you’re being proactive about your life and what you want. I’m proud of you. Good for you girl and I wish you all the best. I hope it’s everything you’ve imagined it to be and much, much more.

    Enjoy your weekend and have a fabulous first day on Monday. 🙂


  14. Angela @ Setting My Intention

    July 29, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    Congratulations! Good for you to take the plunge now. You are so right – we don’t know how many days we have here on earth – so make them count! This sounds like a great time to do it

  15. Gina

    July 29, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    congrats! I think that is awesome. Best of luck in your new job 🙂

  16. Emily @ Em Writes

    July 29, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    So cool! It’s so important to have a job that makes you happy and inspired. You spend so much of your time at work, so it might as well be something you love doing! Good luck in your new position!

  17. Crystal // Dreams, etc.

    July 29, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Congratulations! I did the same thing two years ago and took a quarter percent pay cut, but I knew it was a move I had to make. I didn’t want to still be in a job that I hated and wish I had left when I could have ten or twenty years down the road. Good luck in your new position!

  18. Jessy

    July 29, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    Congrats! That’s amazing! Thank you for sharing!

  19. Jessica

    July 30, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Yay!! That’s wonderful. I know the money is a ton, but waking up and loving what you do is invaluable. Good luck!

  20. Jenny

    July 30, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Yay congrats that’s so exciting! I am a social media manager and I love it….but soon will be leaving my company to work for myself 🙂

    xoxo, Jenny

  21. Kenneth Moffitt

    July 31, 2016 at 10:36 am

    Congrats! It takes a lot of courage to start a new career and take a pay cut. And it takes wisdom to understand that you are not happy and actually do something about it instead of sticking with something you hate. Just wanted to say well done.

  22. Mila

    August 1, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    You are so lucky to find a job doing something you love! Good luck with the new position!

  23. Lu Ann @ The Cup of Life

    August 2, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    Congrats on taking risks and enjoying life. Best of luck at your new job! If you’re still looking for great marketing books I highly recommend UNMARKETING 🙂

  24. Joua Yang

    August 24, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    Kayla, I am so proud of you! WAITT…You’re only 25 (or 26 if it’s passed your bday), you’re just three years older than me. I’m happy to have someone close to my age so successful and sharing her life and tips with everyone else. Please keep it going! Joua to the Rescue

  25. Kelli

    November 5, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Check that off the list of things I was coesufnd about.

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