Landed the perfect job at the world-famous company? They must be offering you a high pay package with benefits you didn’t know even existed. Job security and the beautiful gold star on your resume are a given. What if, at the same time, you have also secured another offer from a startup? Your pay cheque is going to be smaller, but a better work environment is a guarantee. Flexible work schedules will come at the cost of job security.
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How do you make the choice?
Making any career move is not easy. This particular one is going to need some serious thought and consideration as it will affect both – your personal and professional well-being. The catch is – you already know the choice you are going to make. But you cannot find it in you as yet.
What to do then? Simple. Go on a self-interrogation session!
Gain an understanding of both the job roles and see where you fit in the best. Don’t just lurk around the present, also consider what the future in both the jobs, holds for you. Learning on the job, growth, responsibilities, tenure of the role, your skills and your capabilities need to be questioned here – and not just on the surface – but on a much deeper level.
Well, it is important. It is probably why you are even working to begin with. Compare the packages with each other, then each of them with your expenses. Evaluate yourself when it comes to the lack of/surplus money – how would you live? How do you want to live? You will know what you want to do.
Personal goals are different from financial goals. It is important to pay attention to them.
Dig deep into the Internet. Understand both the companies. Not just their business, but their work culture, their leaders, their markets, scope of growth and the kind of media attraction they have and everything else that you can get your hands on.
Different points/situations in our personal life can make us want different work schedules. Depending on personal priority and nature of work – understand both the work schedules. Whichever works best for you – pick it up!
When you are done answering these questions, understand your priority. What matters more? Job satisfaction, money, work culture or flexibility in working hours? No one thing is the deciding factor, just that one influences you more than the others.
This decision is really difficult no matter when you need to make it. It could be right after graduation, or when you are 20 years into your career. The same questions are going to come in handy at both times.
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