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Old 06-23-2012, 06:37 PM   #1
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I trust this forum so I'm going to throw this by you guys.
I am graduating soon, 4 weeks from now soon. I started school with a strong focus on engineering, because math and science was always easy for me in high school. After 3 semesters I started to get bored so I took classes around, eventually taking a economics class which clicked in my mind. It was easy to grasp and I found it interesting enough to major in it. I had already been homebrewing, real basic stuff, for about a year. Ever since I started homebrewing I have lusted after the idea of brewing professionally. I enjoy cooking immensely, mostly because I enjoy it when other people eat my food and love it so much that they eat some more. Brewing is very much the same for me. I feel like I derive a huge amount of satisfaction just from knowing that I can craft something that people other than myself enjoy.
...SO here's the dilemma.
I work on a food truck at the moment. Business is not going so great for our little food truck so I've been looking for more work. I couldn't find more kitchen work because of my brief experience, so I've been looking at mostly office jobs. I've found one willing to hire me that will compensate me generously, like a 40-50K sort of job with plenty of room for advancement. I've also applied on a whim to a local brewery, and the person in charge of hiring was very excited to chat to me. I have another interview on tuesday and I'm fairly confident that they will let me work for them. The job is very low paying, you start out giving tours and helping in the gift shop. I was told that once you're in you can float within the organization no problem. I know some people who work there, and they tell me that they're really bad about paying people. Not that they don't, but rather that they don't ever give people raises. This doesn't concern me as much because I've always figured that brewing professionally is a sort of personal sacrifice you make, doomed to hard work for low pay. I want to do beer things, with beer people, dressed beer casual (their uniform just consists of wearing merchandise from the gift shop) I just feel like I could learn so much if I work for them.

So I'm stuck with this dilemma
should I take the job I've wanted for awhile now, or the job that makes more sense financially.
I feel grossly unprepared to make this decision

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Old 06-23-2012, 06:52 PM   #2
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Big money full time and brewery part time to start. You are young. See what happens.

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Big money full time brewery part time to start. See what happens.

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Big money full time and brewery part time to start. You are young. See what happens.
I agree - if you can. If the combination doesn't work, go for the real job. Unfortunately, your career has to be the priority.
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My opinion? Take the desk job and cook and brew for your family and friends. I don't know this from personal experience, but have heard that the enjoyment of brewing doesn't always translate when it is a full time job. Brewing jobs are grueling and low paying. I love nothing more than to cook for for family and friends, but I can't imagine doing it for a job. Just my 2¢

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I've gotta agree. Life will be a lot more fun when you can pay your bills and enjoy your hobbies. IMO it will be harder to find an office job in a few years with no experience than an entry brewery job.

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You are young enough to chase your passion and a mistake will only affect you (no wife & kids I assume) so follow your heart. This is a big moment in your life - will you choose comfort or chaos? The rest of these guys are right - if you can do both then by all means do it, but if you can only choose one thing, let your heart decide. Just my 2¢.

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Good point if you have no dependents. Hell you could meet the best beer wench ever at the
Brewery. Who knows ?

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Take the brewery gig.

If you start compromising your dreams now, you're in for a long, miserable life.

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My opinion? Take the desk job and cook and brew for your family and friends. I don't know this from personal experience, but have heard that the enjoyment of brewing doesn't always translate when it is a full time job. Brewing jobs are grueling and low paying. I love nothing more than to cook for for family and friends, but I can't imagine doing it for a job. Just my 2¢
Complete agreement here. You're in a position to make good money with a bachelors degree, with room for upward mobility? Couple that with the unpleasant realities of working at the bottom tier of a low-paying brewery and it's a no-brainer to me. Good luck either way.
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