Follow your heart, even if you have to pay

I’ve always been a believer of following your heart, from personal to professional, you’re never wrong if you’re true to yourself. At the start of the year I put this theory in action when I decided to enter the agency side of the PR world; a move that I constantly refer as to as one of my best. I’ve learned and grown so much since I transitioned; my brain is constantly fed with new-found wisdom and my heart smiles everyday as I journey into the office. I’m doing what I love but that move did not come without a price; $10,000 to be exact.

Switching jobs came with a pay cut, which for not one split second did I doubt. As a kid I was taught to dream and follow your passion and to not let money dictate your purpose. You can always go out and make some green when you need it but listening to that pulse within is the true compensation. Six months later I continue to stand by my decision. I recently spoke with CNBC to share my story. Below is an excerpt from my article.

Jon Salas, 28, recently took a big pay cut to leave the “cardboard dry culture” at a multinational human resources consulting firm where he felt isolated from bosses and colleagues. He accepted a job at a small public relations agency, where he could be heard by, and learn from, managers and different teams on a daily basis.

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“There wasn’t much opportunity for growth [at the previous employer]. The only way to go up was if someone left a position, and even then, you weren’t guaranteed the position,” said Salas, who now works as an assistant account executive at Hollywood PR in Boston, where the entire firm comes together every other week for strategy brainstorming sessions. Salas decided to take a $10,000 pay cut to go “where growth opportunities are available and attainable, and where the line of work fits into my overall long-term plans,” he said.

You can read the full piece titled “The new generation of employees would take less pay for these job perks,” on CNBC.com. Special thanks to Yahoo! for the additional pick up on this story, which catapulted the impression count to 5.265 Billion.

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