A little help picking job

<p>If one had to pick between a job with better location and better pay but longer hours or a job you love but in a terrible location(middle of nowhere, I prefer a city), better hours, better work culture etc. </p>

<p>Basically, I'm not worried about the pay but more the location.</p>

<p>So my question essentially which would you pick: Better Location or Better Job?</p>

<p>Personally, I would pick the better job, but that is just me. I have a friend and coworker who has a great job that he loves, likes his coworkers, and cannot stand the area. He would have long since moved but fears that relocating at this point would be too detrimental to his career. He (I am 99.99% sure) would take the location over the job.</p>

<p>I was in the military stationed in an amazing place, but my work sucked, my coworkers sucked, my bosses sucked, etc.</p>

<p>Then I got sent somewhere that sucks, with a much more fulfilling job, cool coworkers, good bosses, etc. </p>

<p>I was infinitely happier at the crappy place with the good job. You don't really notice the place you're at everyday, you get used to it. Work affects you all day every day (at least when you're at work).</p>

<p>^^I second that post</p>

<p>Pick the area of engineering you like. You'll do better at it and therefore advance further, be better paid and have more fun with it. You can always find something fun to do, even in a "crappy" place. And probably be in a better position to get your next job in an area of engineering you like and a place you like.</p>

<p>Obviously, neither job is ideal for you -- which means that there's a very good chance that you won't be working at either place five years from now, regardless of which company you choose. If that's the case, and you're only planning on working at this company for a few years before you move on to something more ideal, I think the smartest choice is to choose the more technically challenging job. By doing so, you'll acquire more technical skill which will make it easier for you to find the job that you REALLY want.</p>

<p>I have to agree with Mokonon, the better job will get you a better second job. Go with that!</p>

<p>Agree with previous poster ^^^. Why not consider which job might over you the most opportunity (ie-more varied work experience) for future movement to a better job? Surely you could handle being on a job that you may not love for a while, gain some good experience which could then lead to an even better job.</p>

<p>Hope this makes sense and good luck!</p>

<p>Thanks for all the advice everyone.</p>