Is It So Bad To Want More?
My friend and co-worker--let's call him Bob--has been out of college for 2 to 3 years now. At the time Bob graduated, the economy had its' first inklings of going to crap. Being the optimisitic recent grad Bob was, he set out to find his dream job anyway. That was then. Bob has since settled for a barely-above living wage job just to make ends meet.
These days, Bob is looking for any professional job he qualifies for that pays better than his job with our Almighty Employer. He has a few years of experience under his belt, along with his hard-earned degree, and is still seeking that elusive professional job. The problem? The Almighty Employer seems to think it owns Bob because it needs him.
You see, the Almighty Employer really needs Bob's skill set to keep our internal operations flowing and growing. Although the Almighty knows Bob wishes to someday leave, it is rather peeved at the fact that Bob is actively seeking to move upward professionally. Although the Almighty Employer has no real interest in retaining Bob's talents by paying his worth, it feels it is entitled to Bob and becomes rather aloof when Bob ventures toward a bigger horizon.
This causes a real dilemma for Bob. He has excessive medical expenses that cannot be paid. Bob can barely pay his bills as is and is seeking a second part-time job. The Crappy Health Insurance that Bob pays handsome premiums for each month has already covered what it says it can. In order for Bob to pay off these bills, he would have to defer all his basic living expenses for the next three months. Rent, food, electricity. The basics. Unfortunately for him, he doesn't have that option.
Is the desire to pay basic living and medical expenses a just reason for wanting to leave your current, crappy-pay job? Apparently, the Almighty Employer doesn't think so.