I got laid off in December and am considering taking a massive pay cut for my next job. I was client side being massively overpaid, but always stressed and didn’t love the pressure of being senior.

Am I insane thinking about taking a 50% pay cut for a much more junior role doing work I was doing 5-7 years ago? But at a company I’m interested in?

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If you can wait, I think you might find a better option. a happy medium of being paid fairly while having a comfortable about of responsibilities.

50% cut is such a lifestyle adjustment. Sometimes it just takes time for the right fit to come along, and it typically happens right when you’re about to give up or settle for less!

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Agreed! I bet there’s a happy medium out there for you. The market is red hot right now, so be sure to interview at several places before you find the one that’s just right for your next several years.

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Not insane if you can take the risk financially. Go for it 🙂

I'm still very junior in my career so take my advice with a grain of salt, but a person's career isn't or doesn't have to be a linear path. So I'm in a similar mindset as ACD1 (assuming you can afford the pay cut).

Follow what will make you happy. If the money isn’t an issue, go for it. But also def keep yourself open to other opportunities that may deliver both.

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