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Ringtail Z28
07-20-2006, 11:52 PM
Don't know if this belongs here, either way here goes. I got a job offer as a technician at a Toyota dealership. Sounds great doesn't it? Only problem is that it would pay less than half per year than what I'm making now working at the welfare office and there would be practically no benefits, but I would be doing something I actually enjoy doing. Why didn't this come up when I was still at Target? :cry: I would've jumped on it in a second. :cry: :cry: :cry:

COMINATCHA
07-21-2006, 02:17 PM
Is this a case of having to decide on whether you want to be - poor yet happy, or rich yet miserable?

Barefootgirl
07-21-2006, 02:40 PM
Normally I'd be the first to say that you should do a job that makes you happy, rather than one that makes you rich. However, do you really want a 50% pay cut and more importantly, no benefits? I think the no benefits thing could be a big issue there. Would there be an opportunity to work your way up to having benefits and more money, or is that a basic state of affairs for car technicians?

protege
07-21-2006, 04:28 PM
However, do you really want a 50% pay cut and more importantly, no benefits? I think the no benefits thing could be a big issue there. Would there be an opportunity to work your way up to having benefits and more money, or is that a basic state of affairs for car technicians?

I was wondering about this too. With healthcare costs constantly rising, not having insurance simply isn't an option. Unless, that is, that the company offers it to you later? Sometimes firms do that--they'll hire you, put you on "probation" for a few months, then make you permanent with benefits.

Banrion
07-21-2006, 04:49 PM
I don't know about CA, but out here in the New England, you are looking at 4-5 years of full time work before a standard dealership/repair shop will offer health insurance. My brother learned that one the hard way. He also learned that as much as he likes cars, if he works on them day in and day out, he doesn't want to spend his weekends working on his project cars. So he has left the automotive tech industry and is going to school for HVAC.

But ultimately it is up to you. 50% of your salary is a HUGE amount of money to be giving up, but if you can still live on that do what makes you happy.

Ringtail Z28
07-21-2006, 07:33 PM
As much as I'd really like to take that job it simply wouldn't work out. I can't take that kind of hit financially, I would actually be making less than I was at Target unless I had some sort of certifications. But unfortunately I can't even qualify to be certified without two years of actual work experience, and that's just too long to go for such low pay.

bean
07-21-2006, 08:25 PM
Kind of stating the obvious, but.... what would their customers think when they see a Toyota tech pulling up in a Camaro? :lol:

Ringtail Z28
07-22-2006, 03:12 AM
Kind of stating the obvious, but.... what would their customers think when they see a Toyota tech pulling up in a Camaro? :lol:

They'd probably look at me with loathing and disgust like they usually do when I'm in my Camaro.