There are times in your life when two, three or even more opportunities open up all at once. You may have been working hard for a long time and now, “You ship has come in.” But, which of the many career choices is the right one? Do you just “let the chips fall where they may”, do you go for the money or do you let them argue it out? At these times you likely wish you had a crystal ball. Often, people procrastinate until career choices are made for them. What is your best option?
When Making Career Choices, Know Yourself
This is where knowing a few facts about yourself comes in handy:
- Who are you? What motivates you? What can’t you stand?
- What are your strengths - all of them? Where do your strengths line up best? Are some of your strengths incompatible with who is there now?
- How do you like to use your strengths? What supports do you need to really perform at your best? Do they have this type of support or does it look like it would be a stretch for them? Do you like to work alone, on a team, are you a leader or do you prefer the role of a “first lieutenant?” Do you like time pressures or do you like to work at your leisure?
- What kind of people do you tend to like and work well with? What kind of people always spell trouble for you? If you know personality profiles, what kind of person are they really looking for? Who was let go and why?
- What kind of personality did they have? What kind of living situation do you and your family and friends enjoy?
a. Do you like city or more of a country life?
b. What kind of surroundings do you enjoy?
c. What kind of schools need to be nearby?
d. Do you have certain amenities that are a must?
e. What situation offers you the best living environment both now and in the future?
- Review all of the above with friends and family. If you have a mentor, now is the time to use them. If you don’t have a mentor, you might consider consulting one.
- Which position offers the best financial reward both now and in the long term? Which situation offers the greatest future financial opportunities?
Grounding When Making Decisions
Your brain aligns itself with the life situation that you find yourself in. When your life situation suddenly changes, it is in your best interest to ground your alignment to your new situation. Give yourself time to do so and, if someone seems to be pressuring you into a quick decision, ask others about the opportunity and consider consulting a mentor to help you with your career choices. Even if that someone who is pressuring you… is you!
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