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Money or Passion - What to Follow?

Some of the hardest questions are:
How much money do I want to earn?
What job will cover all my needs?
Is there any job that fits both my needs and my wants?

A way to start is by putting the kind of lifestyle you want in a different perspective. Some people will need a greater income depending on the area they desire to live in. Others might be fine getting a decent economic income as they live in a place where the cost of living is lower. According to the book Career Choices and Changes by Mindy Bingham and Sandy Stryker, some things you could start thinking about in regards to expenses are the following:

  1. Housing
  2. Transportation
  3. Clothing
  4. Food
  5. Sundries
  6. Entertainment
  7. Vacations
  8. Child Care
  9. Health Care
  10. Furnishing
  11. Savings
  12. Miscellaneous

Some of these expenses might not be part of your current or anticipated lifestyle. Yet most of these considerations can help you develop a better perspective about jobs that might earn you enough income to enjoy the life you imagine. 


Here are some SDSU students' views about income and passion...

"I want to earn more than $20 dlls per hour. A job that would cover the payment of a house and car would cover all my needs. I believe my career as a future teacher would cover all my needs and wants. My ideal job would be based more on passion. My ideal job is teaching and well the pay for teachers is not much."

-Fernanda C.

"I want to earn above the Middle class income aiming towards the Upper-middle class. Based on that, I am aiming on earning anywhere between $60,000 to $100,000. I believe becoming a professor for college/university would best fit both my needs and wants. I chose becoming a professor basing myself on a balance between passion and money."

-Anthony A.

"When thinking of my dream job I expect to be part of an environment that will help me grow as an individual and will teach me the proper ways of offering support to patients in the mental health area. But also think of this position as an opportunity to work on my desired future income starting at $90,000 to $100,000 a year. However, I believe the amount of money I make will depend on my level of studies as well as the experience gained along the way."

-Paulina M.