Which would you choose?
My current situation at work is getting tense. I have a director who's got some personal issue against me and takes it out on my supervisor, who is now growing weary of backing me up when I take a contrary position to the director. (The director is neither a scientist nor engineer, and often it's up to engineering and R&D to tell the director that what they want just isn't possible on the timeline or budget they've requested.) As such, work isn't a pleasant place to be for 9 - 10 hours a day, and more days than not I find it difficult to drag myself into the office.
This isn't the first time I've dealt with this in my industry (bio-tech), and I can't imagine after almost 2 decades in the business that it's going to be any different if I simply switch to another company... but that's always an option.
My fiancee, OTOH, is having a phenominal run at her job; awards, promotions, etc. All the things that make it feel like it's worthwhile to show up and put in the effort. Because of her good fortune at work, I have the opportunity to make (what is for me) a difficult decision, since I've never been in this position before:
Do I stick with what I've done for the past 20-ish years, and find a new company hoping that it won't turn out to be the same situation I'm fixed in now?
Or, do I take a far lower stress job (lab tech, or other position with fixed hours and duties) but still within the realm of what I currently do? (Pay would be less than current, but still within 70%. Hours could still be long, though.)
Or, do I switch gears entirely and try to find a new career path based on something I'd truly enjoy doing everyday, regardless of the pay? (Most likely it would leave me more free time outside of work, and a considerably lowered feeling of dread regarding my work day)