I talk to friends, co-workers, parents, friends of friends and people within the industry about my job, whats happening within the industry and so on. Most sigh and say something along the lines of; “You sound like you enjoy your job, but seems like you run the place with everything you do”. Yes this is true, I do handle A LOT of different tasks and am responsible for a whole lot of things as a Marketing Manager. Most days I truly do enjoy my job, it’s fun, challenging, people are awesome and it involves some travel to trade shows and such, which is a bonus. Other days, I sit, ponder and ask my self; Do I deserve more money? Do I want to earn more or am I just content? Truth be told, I am uncertain when it comes to this. Confused you might say.
In the five years of being with the current employer, I’ve worked my way up to this Management Position. I really don’t manage anyone, but my self. I am the Marketing Department. That being said, I don’t do it all my self. Certain aspects are outsourced, ideas are generated through various meetings, finishing touches are a combined effort of everyone, not just my self. Even though I hold the title of a Marketing Manager, I am responsible for far more, such as inventory, customs, managing 7 websites, coordinating roughly 7-12 yearly trade shows and anything else thatfalls in between. Whenever I mention this to anyone or what I do in little more detail, the usual response is – “Wow, I hope you are getting paid well, sounds like you do a job for five” and I nod and smile in return. This is true, they’ve hit it on the spot. Do I feel underpaid some days? Yes. Do I get frustrated by my job other days? Yes. Is this the reality and part of any job, the frustration part anyway? Yes. No matter what, at the end of it all, when I add up all the things, I still love my job, getting up for it every morning, putting in some extra hours, traveling for it and all the people I work with on daily basis.
Now that you know that I enjoy my job, I ask my self infront of you all – “Do I love the job or the money?” Truly I love my job. Can I get paid more somewhere else? Sure I can, no doubt about it, but I am not thinking about money as much now. There are small benefits that are far more important to me now, than the money. Here are a few of them:
It takes me 20 minutes drive to work and maximum 30 minutes in traffic to get home in the 5 o’clock rush hour. While most are stuck in the morning, heading south-bound on the highway to downtown Toronto, I cruise into work. Same thing en route home. North bound of the highway is jam packed, while south-bound is freely moving.
Experience over Money
I am still in my twenties. I got a whole career ahead of me to chase after money, but I want to chase after it when the time is right, when I got years of experience to back me, because essentially the experience it self will speak for me. I want to take more courses, educate my self and when it’s right, make the move. I don’t know when this will be, but whenever the time comes, I know I will be ready and hopefully I will be making a right move, for money, perks and better benefits.
I am not just another number on the pay check
Benefits of working for a smaller company, is people are involved in your daily lives. People genuinely care about you, your well being, events outside of work happen on regular basis and the job is more formal, rather than informal. If you work for a large corporation, you only usually know the people within your department and some people you meet oddly at work functions, such as Christmas Parties. I enjoy when my co-workers ask how my weekend was, talk about their families/lives and we gather outside of work for drinks, laughs and fun times.