Professional opportunities can blindside us. One moment we think our position, decisions and expectations are stable; the next we are weighing up an immense decision which stands to make some fundamental changes to our lives.
This can happen in many ways, some of which are as simple as an email from a new company, an internal meeting with a colleague, a chance encounter at a convention.
Similarly, we may seek out opportunities. But it’s only when we encountered a serious prospect, one that looks both attractive and plausible, that the dilemma becomes real.
The decision to move on from an established and well-known role, into a new and less certain one can be difficult.
And decisions about your career can be amongst the most important you’ll ever make.
So #UnlockYourFuture with these handful of points for contemplation; each of which is intended to be a starting point for further consideration.
Are you seeking comfort or confrontation?
New roles and positions will normally be a focus for confrontation. Relationships and trust take time to form. Individuals are sometimes hostile to people that they have not met before. People act out their understanding of professional hierarchies, and if you are entering into and disrupting their understanding you may encounter further hostility.
The new role is uncertainty and potential harm.
The present role is a source of comfort. Your relationships are established, and individuals are not likely to be hostile to you without reason. You know your place in the professional hierarchy and it is not often misinterpreted.
The present role is stability and potential comfort.
Are you driven by reward or reliability?
Consider the potential scope for reward in the new position or role. It is likely to be greater; otherwise the decision may not be so difficult after all. But asking whether reward in terms of remuneration is really what drives your professional ambitions at present is important. Larger salaries or pay packages are also a unilateral way of understanding progress and reward. If they seem to be your focus, the position which offers the greatest reward may be the best.
If your appreciation of reward is monetary, take the grander reward.
Reliability can be understood in many ways when it comes to business; the reliability of your working circumstances, your teams, your company overall. As well as the extent to which you can rely on yourself in the role by understand your capabilities and experience.
There are many forms of reward and gratification. Not all of which revolve around money. Reliability may be a significant reward in your work.
Responsibility is normally the driving force of development
In a vacuum, the decision that offers the potential to take on the most responsibility is probably the best; this is because people find the greatest meaning in their lives when they are responsible for something.
Ultimately, the future is in your hands; and the points above are tenuous meditations that it can be just as helpful to challenge as to agree with.
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