By Kibet Tobias
We all want to succeed in our careers no matter what.
I know what you are striving for is this but has it ever occurred to you that the decision you make today will have an impact on what you career will look like in future?
For instance, you want to take up a promotion in your company. However, you are too afraid to apply for the role because it is more challenging. You wonder what your coworkers will think. What will your boss say? Or perhaps what will happen if you are not considered.
So how do you know if you are going in the right direction or are about to make a bad career move that you may regret later? Here are some of the signs to watch out…
1. You want to pursue a career because your family or someone else says so
Recently, I got an email from a 21 year old, Mike. I don’t really know him but he was so much stressed because his parents want him to pursue an engineering course while his interest is in pharmacy.
His parents have vowed only to pay his school fees for an engineering course. He has since opted to follow his parents’ choice, so he can later follow his dreams when he gets his own money.
This got me thinking, perhaps the parents want the best for him and think that engineering is the right path for their son but 4 or 5 years they may come to regret their choice and influence on their son.
Maybe you are in a similar situation and are wondering what to do.
But in every career, there are successful professionals and the unsuccessful ones. Don’t choose a career because of someone’s influence and external pressure. Listen to them, acknowledge their opinions, but also explain your reasons for aspiring to be who you want to be.
Trust me; your career is the greatest thing you have to choose.
2. You want to take a job because of the money
Applying or accepting a job because it pays well is actually not wrong. We all dream of earning huge salaries at some point in our career.
Obviously a meager salary is not likely to make you happy.
However, you should not allow money benefits to be your greatest career motivation unless all options sound equally awesome. If you want to work for money, you’ll definitely get it but boredom at work will set in. In the end, you might not feel fulfilled. So if you are looking for a new job, chose your priorities wisely.
I know there are times when you are really pressed with bills yet you’re jobless and broke. The landlord even threatens to evict you because you haven’t paid rent for some months. Debts are following you left, right and center. I have been in this situation too.
If that is the case, you might be forced to get any job that pays regardless of the field. But don’t stop looking for the right fit.
3. You’re asking for advice from everyone you know
Seeking advice from others is good and advisable. But if you share your dilemma with so many people, you’ll get confused.
Let’s say you want to launch your own business but you’re confused between venturing into mitumba or M-Pesa business. You decide to share your ideas with four friends. Most likely they’ll have different convincing opinions and may not provide you with the information you’re seeking.
The only opinion that matters is your own but if you must seek help from someone regarding career decisions, find a professional career coach today.
In the end, decisions are part of our daily lives. We all have to make small or big decisions and when it comes to your career, you can’t afford to make wrong choices. Always consider making choices that reflects your passions, goals and happiness in your life. This is why if you start experiencing the above few signs, know that it’s time to take a U-turn and rethink your decisions.