I just read a post over at Slashdot that got me thinking. It said: "I want to hear from readers who have quit jobs or turned down offered jobs because it was not what they wanted to do. Why did you do it? Was it ethics, ambition, pride, or disgust? And how did it turn out? Did you get to do what you wanted to do, are you still looking, or did you come back begging for another chance?"
I've never quit a job for those reasons, though there are a few I had where I probably should have. I'm just a loyal dog, what can I say? But I have turned down jobs. Most notably, while I was waiting on pins and needles to hear if I landed this dream job I have now with The Meetings Group, I was offered a technical editor position with a computer company. The salary was more than three times what this job paid, but I would have had to commute 45 minutes, work in a cube farm, and deal day in and day out with material that did not, as my mother-in-law would say, "float my boat." So I held out for what I really wanted, and thankfully, I got it. No regrets whatsoever.
I'd love to hear your stories (you can comment anonymously, if you like, by not filling in the top fields in the comments box).