There is an old adage that you will never know the outcome of something unless you are willing to try it.
Taking a leap of faith in any area of your life may be scary, especially something as important as your career but sometimes some risks are worth taking and if you pay your cards right, it just might end up being one of the best things you will ever do for yourself.
Four decades ago, when you landed a job, your career was already defined for you.
Fast forward today. Things have changed and it is very common for someone to turn down a job offer to pursue their passion.
It’s also common for an engineering student to be working in customer service while an accountant will be working in communication for years.
The job market has become so much competitive as the high numbers of graduates compete for the same limited positions. As such it is very common for someone to get comfortable at a job they do not like.
Due to unavoidable circumstances, a lot of us had to take the jobs we are in today because they were the only ones available. We had no option to be choosy and wait for our dream jobs.
But life is about doing what you love and what you are comfortable with and as such you need to take those risks even though they scare the hell out of you.
In this article, find 5 career risks that you will never regret taking and which will in the end make you a better person.
1. Choosing a job based on culture rather than salary
The millennials nowadays are running the work place. It’s a common risk where job seekers are more willing to sacrifice a big paycheck and a comfortable lifestyle for a job where they feel highly valued and given more long-term opportunities.
When you are happy with your job, you are more likely to stay than when you are just doing it for the sake of it.
And it all starts with a good culture where you feel valued and it’s a risk that you will never regret taking.
2. Getting a job abroad
How many of us have ever thought about working aboard but then we don’t take that risk for fear that we may never find a job.
Maybe you even want a job where you can get to travel frequently but are scared to make that step towards making it happen.
Think about it – what do you have to lose? Say you apply for a job outside the country; the most that can happen is your application not going through. But what if it does?
3. Leaving a dead end job
Yes you need the job to pay your bills especially in these harsh economic times. However, staying at a dead end job where you have no room for growth will hurt you in the long run.
As scary as it might be to leave a safe job for the unknown, sometimes, you have no choice but to take a leap of faith.
However, when it comes to quitting your job, you need to do so in a smart manner. Ensure you have another job lined up so that you don’t end up struggling to pay bills. In order to be truly successful at your career you need to attain job satisfaction which you will not be able to do at a dead end job.
4. Living up to your own expectations
Your parents, society and even friends may have certain expectations of you in terms of what career path to take.
We have all heard of people who ended up studying something they didn’t want because their parents said so. A popular example would be Julie Gichuru who was forced to study Law when all she really wanted was to study Journalism.
You need to ignore all these people and focus on doing what you want. After all, you are the only one who understands your life goals and career goals.
It will disappoint some people but it will also set you up to achieve great career success.
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5. Embracing your weaknesses
While this may sound sort of counteractive actually focusing on things that are lacking may help you to come up with creative ways to supplement them, and being creative is a highly sort after skill in many companies.
It’s a sort of embracing you weaknesses kind of situation to make your life better.
6. Pursuing something that you love
Nobody wants to be stuck in a job they don’t like but in the current job market it’s no surprise to find so many professionals taking jobs that don’t help them reach their full potential.
If there is something you are passionate about, other than that job you have or are looking for, go ahead and pursue it.
It’s so much fulfilling to do something that you love because you will give it your all. You look forward to going to work because you have something you are working towards.
Don’t be the person who ten years from now is asking, “What if? What if I had only done that, or said that, or tried that?”
If you want to grow, you need to be willing to take risks no matter how scary they might be. You also need to be prepared to accept that not all risks will pay off but this should not discourage you.