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Making the Right Decisions for Your Career

It was whilst trying to decide what to write about for this week's blog that the topic struck me – decision making.

Over the past three years I have made, what might be considered to be, some major life decisions; to leave the UK and immigrate to Sydney, to get married, to have a baby and latterly to begin a new career in digital recruitment.

As individuals, we are all constantly responsible for making decisions on an ongoing basis. I think everyone would agree the larger we perceive the impact of that decision to be on our lives overall the greater the pressure we feel to make ‘the right’ one. It is this notion of the ‘right one’ which can particularly spin us off into orbit. Navigating through the critical choices we need to make such as where to work can be extremely stressful.

A typical five day a week job is likely to impact on about three quarters of your waking week so it is imperative you make the right choice on how you invest your time, your career, your earning potential and ultimately your happiness. At 33 Talent we help people navigate this path on a daily basis.

So how do you make the ‘right decision’ when choosing between jobs?

(I would now like to insert the perfect one liner solution here, sadly, not I or even the mighty Google has that one stop shop!)

You might feel more comfortable with the cognitive/ structured approach defining the following in chronological order:

  1. Outline your goal and outcome.

  2. Gather data.

  3. Develop alternatives

  4. List pros and cons of each alternative.

  5. Make the decision.

  6. Immediately take action to implement it.

  7. Learn from and reflect on the decision.

You may believe that there is no such thing as ‘the right’ choice but that by being very clear on your priorities you can navigate a decision based on which role best meets your needs. This list is constantly evolving with remuneration and perceived excitement playing a much larger role in your 20’s than perhaps your 30’s when your work/ life balance may take priority.

A strong sense of your overall long term goal will have an incredibly anchoring steer in your overall life journey. Without this you can drift along rudderless through your career without ever really being in the driving seat. As Lewis Carroll wrote in Alice in Wonderland “If you don’t know where you are going any road will take you there”!

Whichever approach you take, perhaps it is not about picking the ‘right’ one but maybe about navigating through the process using the best tools at your disposal at the time.

Steve Jobs said “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

Personally, this last one is my favourite quote by Goethe “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

Proof of that is in my decision to board a flight to Australia. My husband, my son, my current friendships and the opportunity to be in my current role were all a product of that one brave but relatively small step.