The Review — 25/05/2018 at 11:15

What questions should you be asking yourself when considering a career move?



In 2018 the world is looking very different than it did in 2008, only 10 years ago. While financial gain will always be a consideration in people’s career choices, it seems people place a stronger value on non-monetary factors in the workplace, which could be anything from ‘company culture’, ‘how modern is the company’s office’ or ‘is there potential to travel’. With a constant push from social media telling us that if we aren’t doing what we love we are wasting our time and individuals having limitless access to a global scope of opportunity, suddenly 10 years later a career move has become a lot more complicated than just money.

The notion that you need to spend 12 hours in the office, 5 to 7 days a week to be successful is somewhat outdated. In our modern day world we quite literally have everything at our finger tips, a simple click of a button, technology and innovation are driving an over indulgent convenience and as a result an irrational expectation to get things, do things and to achieve things quicker. This is not to say people don’t need to work hard anymore, what it does mean is that working smart and being more efficient with one’s time, can be and has proved to be far more productive.

Let’s take this below the surface with what once was a taboo subject, mental health and depression, in recent years we have witnessed this topic come to life resulting in a number of people, including some in the public eye, opening up about their battle with depression. Have these stories urged individuals to be reflective of their work environment and prompt the question ‘is life is too short to be unhappy in a job just for money? Consider the following – we spend more time in the workplace than we do anywhere else. To spend 60 hours a week in a job that doesn’t excite you, surrounded by people that don’t inspire or motivate you (for whatever reason), why should we be surprised that so many people suffer from depression.

In my personal opinion, companies that encourage their employees to work smarter and that recognise people do have a life outside of work, are usually rewarded with an energised and enthusiastic workforce who will be far more productive.

Now, I also appreciate we are all unique therefore it’s inevitable that every individual holds a different volume of importance on specific values. Some people place certainty on the need for financial gain. Others may have one definite goal in life (e.g. to own a business, to work for a company with no carbon footprint or to be a billionaire) and are therefore willing to sacrifice everything to achieve this….and fair enough, each to their own. I personally place an equal value on both financial gain and my working environment.This brings me to the title of the article – what questions should you be asking yourself when considering a career move?

We have so much to consider, which can be confusing, perhaps even daunting. For some people it’s just one big blur when they attempt to rationalise their thoughts and as a result end up staying put in their current job, even if deep down they don’t want to.

Try to break it down because it doesn’t have to be that complicated, starting with the most important question –

What is the most important thing to me at this stage of my career / life?

- Is it money?
- Is it finding an industry or product that I have a genuine interest in or that I am passionate about?
- Is it learning?
- Is it finding a company that shares the same values as me?
- Is it a company that will offer me the opportunity to work abroad?
- Is it finding the right boss/manager to mentor me?
- While I think we agree that everyone is different – the key to being the best version of yourself is satisfaction and the best version of yourself will have the greatest chance of being successful in every respect.

So what will give you the most satisfaction?

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