Want to make more money? Travel less? Move up the corporate ladder? Work flextime? When it comes to careers and your quality of life, there will be trade-offs in everything. Something, typically, has to give.
There are jobs where you can earn a lot of money, but what are the trade-offs? Do you have to work 17 hours a day 7 days a week? If you don’t care about the hours it’s worth it, but if you’re someone that does care, a job like that isn’t going to work for you, is it?
Don’t get me wrong, long hours aren’t necessarily synonymous with great pay, what I am talking about here is the trade-offs you must consider when deciding on a career. This is part of your evaluation process when determining your wants and needs regarding a career. What do you want? What is important to you? Do you even know what you want or what is important to you? If you don’t know that’s a problem.
When you’re deciding on a career look at everything that is important to you. For some of you it could be your family or maybe your faith? Maybe you’re a musician, athlete, or an artist and participating in these types of activities are important to you? Maybe you want to attend every sporting event and every activity your children are involved in? What is important to you?
My point is, look at everything because there will be some trade-offs when deciding on a career. Some careers, like the medical profession, work long hours. Most hospitals are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, right? How about a police officer or a fireman? Long hours? You bet!
Some of you might like the security of working for a large corporation instead of a small Mom-n-Pop operation. And some of you might want the security of a salary instead of working straight commission. Is there a difference? Absolutely!
Is quality of life important to you? What about making more money? Do you want to work for yourself or a company? Do you want to work locally or nationally? How about travel? Are you open to travel? How much? Do you want to work for small companies or large corporations? How about a publicly traded company or a private company? Is advancement important to you? What about relocation? See my point?
The most important thing to remember when deciding on a career is, whatever you decide to do; there will be some trade-offs. And, you’re the only one that can make these decisions not your spouse or family members. What might be good for one person isn’t necessarily good for you. Only you know what you want and what’s important to you, so stick with what YOU want and need because there will be trade-offs in everything. I hope this helps.
Good luck to you