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STUDENT THINKING TO GO FOR LOWER PAYING OR HIGHER PAYING JOBS

Hi, I’ll be graduating in April and have started applying for a few jobs in marketing.

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I’m someone who gets very anxious about my future and even though I’m actively doing things to get myself to where I want to be, I worry about many external factors.

So my question is: with the recession coming, should I take a lower pay e.g. 3.6k-3.8k (expecting 4k-4.2k as I have 1.5 years relevant experience despite not having a marketing degree) and change jobs or should I take a gap year? I heard that if your starting pay is lower, it’ll be difficult to negotiate for higher pay for future jobs.

A good-paying job is my top priority now as I’m looking to move out (toxic family situation). I don’t mind less work-life balance for now.

I’m also on a bond so I’ll need to work in SG for 3 years upon graduation so a gap year would affect the duration of bond. Not too sure what will happen if I take a gap year, but that’s not a worry yet.

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Thanks and appreciate any advice!

Here are what netizens think:

  • Secure a job with the highest pay offer u can get now. If the company decides to reduce pay due to recession, u are already prepared for it. Rather than now go for a lower pay and get pay cut, makes it even lower right?
  • If you have a toxic family situation, I don’t think you can finance a gap year. As you rightly pointed out, recession is coming, so my advise is to just secure a job with a somewhat recession-proof company if possible. You can always venture out later. If you think you are worth your salt, and are underpaid, go private sector. You can climb up fast enough, if you are really worth your salt.
  • Low pay doesn’t mean u cant advance fast enough. Know when to bargain for a higher pay if the company relies on u for alot of info. Know when to keep a low profile when necessary.
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