So how do you go about making the correct decision? There is no easy answer to this, nor can I go through all the points different people will make. I do however want to raise a couple of strategies and points which I believe everyone can use no matter what their situation or stance is.
Do what makes you happy
This is the motto I pretty much have lived by since I started university. It has been a bit of a revelation to me really, and I have found making decisions have been so much simpler. Whether it pertains to my career, my social or family, doing what makes me happy has lead me to the correct decision and left me with very little regrets over the major decisions I have made.
To be clichéd the pursuit of happiness is what most individuals strive for, so why not apply it to your career as well? Make it a point to fulfill your own happiness and not what everyone else is doing. If you start following the path of others you will most likely find yourself questioning yourself later. Create your own happiness and you will find yourself excelling in the tasks you undertake automatically.
Think Long Term
Your career is a marathon, not a sprint so as a young professional you have to think about where you see yourself in the next three, five, ten years. The job market is changing every day. Companies and institutions are looking for new skill sets, fresh ideas and new workers frequently and it is up to the individual to adapt to the market and gain the skills and job know how to compete and stay competitive. To do so, carving out a rough sketch of here you would like your career to go, and make decisions based on that.
That is not to say that you cannot open new doors in the future, but building a strong foundation is critical. Taking random jobs can hurt you if you are trying to progress in your career. Doors are more easily opened for those who have the required skills and education.
Do not be afraid to take Risks
Any tough decision you make will come with an opportunity cost. That is inevitable. You may also find that you have to take a big risk in your career, which may pay off if you play your cards right. While I advise everyone not to take risks which could lead to career suicide, taking risks is perfectly acceptable. You just have to open Forbes wealthiest list to see the whose who of risk takers. Take that risk if you need to, especially since the age bracket of 20-30 is the best time to take one.
Now go back to my original question. Did you use my three pointers when making your decision? If not, does your decision change now that you have? Are you ready to make a decision perhaps right now that you might want to rethink?
Remember, making tough decisions will be something you must accustom yourself to as a young and mature professional. More importantly however, make the decision that makes you happy and the one that you can look back on and be content with!
This blog post has been written by Faizan Hamdani. Click here to learn more about Faizan.