I am taking in consideration that you are 50 and have a family.
I would 100% take the Civil Job. If you were younger, let’s say in the late 20's through early 30's I would take a job that could lead to a more prosperous career ahead of you.
That said, I would take the Civil job for Job Security and Routine. Although I would hate conducting a "routine job" (not having to think outside the box) it comes with perks that support a better life with your wife, kids, and your bike
If you can get in and get out around the same time of day with little to no stress and the Pay is enough to fully support your family, your hobbies, and emergencies AND you get a solid retirement plan, then I wouldn't look another way.
I am basing my entire statement on my Father, who was in a position that was more of a "Career", doing well in a large medical company (Around $200k). He HATED his job. He would have to work late, stress was incredible, his life was miserable. He then had an opportunity to still have challenges, but with a bit less responsibilities. He was able to get home from work on time, spend time at home, and do what he loves to do outside of work. To see the transformation of how much "healthier" he was, there is no doubt in my mind that sometimes, it’s just not worth it.
We work to live. We should not live to work.
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Last edited by naudan; 06-26-2012 at 08:15 AM.