Should you stay or should you go?

By Philippe Djegal - email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - bio | email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - It turns out the recession is not only hurting bank accounts, it is killing morale. U.S. job satisfaction is at its lowest level in two decades. According to the conference board research group, only 45 percent of Americans are satisfied with their jobs.

So, what's the solution? Should you stay or should you go?

"Certainly, it's mentally healthy for people to do work that they enjoy," said Dr. Wade French, a licensed professional counselor.

"I don't hate it, but it's not what I want," said Andrew Villapudua.

"But, at the same time, they have families to support," said French.

And, with the national unemployment still above 10 percent, thousands of Americans feel as if they have no choice but to keep their job, even if they are unhappy.

"The people who take the biggest chances, deserve the biggest payoff," said David Worsham.

Worsham took a risk 15 years ago, starting a business, which today he and his wife Patty run together. Despite the recession, that business is going strong.

"If you don't take a chance, you're stuck working at, you know, a hum drum job," said Worsham.

Dr. French counsels East Texans who consider themselves stuck in a rut.

"It creates insecurities and uncertainties in their lives, and the produces a lot of anxiety and depression," explained French.

What is his best advice? Keep your job, but, take some night classes in a field you are interested in, if time permits.

"There's a lot of drive out there for a lot of people to try to actualize their dream even though it's a high risk adventure," said French.

The survey points to another glaring statistic: Americans under 25 years of age are the most dissatisfied with the job that they are currently working. That is because they are working more hours, or possibly working in a career that they did not go to school for, and that job is offering a lower wage then it was just five years ago.

"It's scary," said Lauren Callendar. "Everybody says do something that you're passionate about."

Callendar majors in music and is pre-med at Baylor University. Music is her passion, medicine is her calling. But med-school means debt, and playing the violin might not pay the bills.

"It definitely makes me questions my decision," said Callendar.

"One out of every 10,000 persons that try out for professional baseball will ever play one inning of professional baseball, and yet there are thousands every year," said French.

You just have to decide if the risk is worth the reward.

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