Three Steps to Making the Right Career Move

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Three Steps to Making the Right Career Move

When it comes to our careers, it can really be tough to make decisions.  If only we could read the future and know just how our choices will play out.  At the end of the day, almost all of our choices lack certainty.  However, that doesn’t mean we there is no way to optimize our choices in order to be making the right career move.

There are a few powerful techniques that will help you in making the right career move, by minimizing the factors that often lead to bad decision making.

  1. Have a Game Plan

When we are faced with big decisions, there is an emotional element that can affect how we see an opportunity.  In fact, research has recently discovered that the Limbic system is responsible for our decision making.  This is interesting because the limbic system is where we house many of our emotions, including loyalty and trust.  When you have a game plan written out (see our Career Planning article), it’s much easier to logically contemplate a career move, rather than getting swept up in the idea of what we feel may happen.

  1. Take a breath

Sometimes we let the fear of having missed an opportunity rush us into decisions we are not ready to make.  It’s okay to not accept an offer immediately.  You may ask for a reasonable amount of time to think it over.  Take a step back and assess the opportunity from all aspects.  Determine if this is truly a good career move. Ask your family how they would feel about any changes that would result in a move.  Decide if there would be a cost to your personal well-being. If so, can you handle it well or are you liable to burn out?

  1. Use Facts, Not Assumptions

Research all facets of the choice you have before you.  Remember, both leaving and staying where you are represent a choice, so be sure you properly evaluate each.  Use facts and not assumptions.  Sometimes we feel comfortable with “knowing” things that are in fact, our own impressions or assumptions.  This can be dangerous when dealing with important decisions, so don’t just let impressions float about  in your head until an answer jumps out at you. Pull out a pen and paper (or ipad) and make a good ol’ fashioned list. It’s important to use only verified information on the list. It’s okay to list emotions, just be sure you note them as such.  Because emotions are such a big part of our decision making, it’s only natural to include them as a factor.  The trouble happens when we make decisions based off of emotions and then later try to justify them with facts.

At the end of the day, there is more than one way in making the right career move.  Everyone’s path and idea of success are different, so enjoy your journey.

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Other articles of interest on this topic:

Harvard Business Review


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