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Here are the seven essential truths to consider before making any major career decision.
There are several times in our lifetime you will across a situation where you have to choose between a good job opportunity and a lifetime of happiness. The most important thing is to come out of the trap of comfort zone. However, risks taken in career need not necessarily be spontaneous. Here are the seven essential truths to consider before making any major career decision.
The concept of Job security is a myth
In this largely competitive world, performance is the only reason to stay back at an organization and prosper. Millions of people have pursued their careers under the assumption that if they do the job required of them and do it well, they`ll remain employed and even get regular, reasonably sized raises. The scale of growth in a company is dictated by the market. Downsizing can start at any point in time and there is no immunity available to escape the wrath.
Always have options in your back pocket.
Settling down with what you have in never an intelligent move. What is more important is having a back-up option. It is recommended to have at least three job opportunities under development, as well as a written plan for what you`d do and who you`ll call--should you lose your job or decide to leave. This will not make you kneel down any condition placed by the organization.
Know your true value to your company.
Scaling up of oneself is crucial even in the early stages of career building. It makes us understand where we stand. All companies--large or small--want to compensate you as little as possible while extracting the maximum labour out of it. By contrast, it`s in your interest to get a just compensation and sometimes, even more, allowing for a fair profit to your employer.
Do the numbers before you decide
Choose your job taking care of the hidden costs. Commutation should not be so long that it cuts down on your energy level. Consider the hidden costs before making any career decision. Similarly, relocating away from extended family could mean increased child care costs. Always do the math!
Never make a career decision out of fear
Fear is the biggest liar. Don’t rely on any fear to dictate your career choices. Fear is a useful emotion for making short-term decisions like "Should I try to pet that strange dog?" Making career decisions out of fear tends to land people in jobs that they hate and cause them to miss opportunities for jobs they`d truly enjoy. Ditch your fear, but take calculative risks for a prosperous future ahead!