Curious to get some thoughts on this. I have two job offers: One is to be a technical analyst on a health venture that's close to my heart. My parents suffered from cancer, and this unit actively tries to do those scans better. Hence, the mission is very meaningful. However, it's in the Valley. As a single guy, this is not ideal, I have no friends living there currently, and seldom like west coast Americans as much as I do east coast Americans.
The alternative is a normal strategy role at a FAANG in NYC, with a lot of my friends (and the NYC dating scene). I generally get a lot of my happiness out of my social life, which will be much worse in the Valley. Hours in NYC would be very mild (I know two people on that team well, and they work 9-5 at most).
My experience so far with achieving my career goals (getting into a target, getting into a BB, getting into a FAANG) has been that the happiness associated with that is short-lived, whereas day-to-day relationships make a huge difference in my happiness and only gets stronger.
Hence, curious to get a sense from the community: does it make sense to pick a job that puts relationships on the backburner because it's more meaningful?