TOEFL Essay Topic 71 - Which would you choose: a high-paying job with long hours that would give you little time with family and friends or a lower-paying job with shorter hours that would give you more time with family and friends? Explain your choice, using specific reasons and details.
Author: Jun | Date: December 8, 2016 | Score:5
There is much discussion on the relationship between income and leisure hours. Some people like high-paying jobs that demand so much work time that little time can be shared with family and friends. However, others choose lower-paying jobs that give them more leisure time.Admittedly, by earni...
This essay has been rated a score of 5. Essays in this score category are paid content. Please Register to gain access to this essay.
Under the same topic
Roughly speaking, there are four types of jobs in the world; high-salary with short hours, high-salary with long hours, low-salary with short hours and low-salary with long hours. Definitely people want to avoid the last type of job, and eager the first type one. However, how about these second and third ones?
The jobs categorized in high-salary do not always exists in the job market. Sometimes financial depression happens and high-salary jobs disappear from the job markets. I experienced it at in 2008, at the time of the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers. I was an employee of Air Liquide Japan, which is an industrial gas manufacturing company. After the bankruptcy, the sales of the company became half. Company tried to survive, and decided to fire 20% of their employees and transfer 30% of employees to the affiliate companies. 1000 employees could survive, but their salary was decreased approximately 20%.
Furthermore, high-salary with long hours jobs give us chances to experience various kinds of works. When I was working as a consultant, the job was extremely hard; I slept only 3 hours during weekdays. However, from this experience I could understand what kinds of problems ordinary companies are having, and how should they cope with them. This experience prepared me to write attractive resume and gave me a chance to find high-income short hours work.
Even though some people may say even the money is important; the time with their family is priceless. It should be true, but how do they spend time with their family while the financial depression? As they do not have enough money, they cannot go to shopping. Financial difficulty would remove the afford to enjoy their time. In this situation, how can they enjoy their life? If they have enough save from high-income jobs, even the depression can become a good chance to enjoy with your family and friends.
In conclusion, I believe people should choose high-income with long hours job rather than low-income short hours job. High-income jobs do not exist forever; therefore people should keep them when they are available. It saves their money for rainy day.