Upon switching careers, imagine you’re embarking on a new career in a totally unfamiliar field – and that, to your joy, you immediately land two job offers:
Offer A comes with a decent salary and great perks.
Offer B is an unpaid internship.
Which should you pick?
Learning > $$$
Perhaps surprisingly, you shouldn’t discount offer B right off the bat.
When entering a new field, you have to gain knowledge and practical experience as fast as possible, which is why you should choose the job that’ll teach you the most, and not necessarily the one that offers an appealing paycheck. At this point in your career, learning trumps earning.
Nor would you be the first person to kick-start a successful career with a low-paying position.
Charles Darwin, for instance, worked as an unpaid naturalist on the HMS Beagle in order to study exotic plants and animals, allowing him to develop his theory of evolution.
And Benjamin Franklin, rather than taking over his father’s lucrative candle-making business, chose to work at a printing business. This meant financial uncertainty, but Franklin knew it would allow him to learn how texts are composed – helping him later achieve renown as a writer and politician.
To learn about the path from being an apprentice to becoming a master – like why even Alexander the Great had a mentor – check out the blinks to Mastery, by Robert Greene.