Career decisions

Whilst on your job search, decisions rarely come easy. Here are some reasons why people do not like to make career decisions:

– Their decision is permanent, there is no way back once it has been made
– Their decision involves risk
– Fear for the unknown

The decision is permanent
When you leave a job it is normal that the company replaces you and your vacancy is filled. Very often there is no immediate way back unless you know that they will always need people like you. It also helps when you have a good relationship with colleagues. Most employers will admire that you are able to make a choice and are open and honest and they will be glad if you want to return in the future.

There are many potential risks in making career decisions. Financial risks are usually a major concern. Starting up a company on your own, for example, could be a big financial risk. Taking a pay-cut to go and do what you love to do can also be a risk.

A person with no experience in teaching may wish to become a teacher and asks himself or herself a lot of “what if” questions. New environments or new locations also increase fear.

No career decision is black or white. If the only difference between two roles was the pay and the rest was exactly the same you would have to make a black and white decision and most people have no problem with that. However, if job A, offers more money but job B is in a better location, then the decision becomes more difficult.

When it comes to careers there are many elements that influence your decision, for example, whether the job would:

– align with your skills
– enable U to use your strengths
– align with your Values
– work well with your personality
– provide professional growth and development
– offer secure income
– be in a convenient location
– have a pleasant environment and culture to work in
– provide enough flexibility

Let’s say you had 5 options and you are now down to two options. The first thing you need to do is prioritise which of the elements are most important to you. Next step is to identify which elements are important to your family.

You could use the following levels of importance: very important, important, little importance, no importance; and rate each item.

You do need to be aware that on a good day, emotionally that is, you might rate things completely different than on another day. Even an unusual high phone bill could sway you to allocate more weight and importance to income. It is important you repeat this process a few times and compare the results.

Finally share all your assessments with your family for some additional insight.

If you still struggle making career decisions career coaching can help you work through the different options by helping to clarify your preferences. Why not book a free coaching consultation to see how Career Journey can help you make a career change.

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