5 Things to Consider When Taking on a New Career

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You have received the new offer; you are pretty excited, buzzing, and raring to go. But there is that tiny voice wondering whether the new job is right for you.

Before you formally accept the offer, it is important to weigh the pros and cons of the new job. You do not want to realize soon after that you do not like working with your colleagues or that the company is not what it seems from the outside.

To help you make the best-informed decision, here are some questions and considerations before taking on a new career.

Does the new job offer clear growth opportunity?

For most people, the ecstasy of a job offer usually makes them forget to ask what exactly the new career path will offer them in terms of growth opportunities.

You will want to know how long it takes or what milestones you need to hit in order to qualify for a promotion.

Also, before accepting the offer, be sure you are clear on the type of personal development prospects open to you. You do not want a job that does not give you the chance to upgrade your skills.

What other benefits and perks does the job offer?

Apart from the salary – which hopefully is enough to live by – you also want to know the details of your other compensation package.

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Most jobs these days offer staff benefits that include health insurance, vacation, and paid sick leave. However, these basic perks might not work for you.

Ask what the company’s policy is regarding retirement plans and if there are any contribution and match program in place for employees.

Does the company offer stock options, performance-based bonuses?  You should be willing to negotiate benefits and perks that are suitable for your lifestyle.

The new commute:

Is the new job nearby or does it involve a longer commute time to get to work? Will you have to wake hours earlier than you usually do in order to get to work on time?

Before you sign on the dotted lines, consider how you will get to work every day. Will you drive? Use the public transport or share a ride?

And, while at it calculate how much it will cost you to get to work each day as the importance of planning your finances cannot be overemphasized?

If you can, run a practice commute to get an idea of how long it will take you to get to work; plus, the most suitable commute method to use.

How stable is the company?

Granted, there is no job security anywhere. But you do not want to take up an offer were within a short time period, you find yourself being laid off.

Be sure to research your potential employer before committing to anything. Are they in the news for the right reasons – you know, like rising funding, hitting audience milestones, or making headlines that raise a red flag?

If you are joining a startup, be sure you know what you are doing especially as startups are particularly risky, unproven and with odds stacked against them to fail.

Would you enjoy working with your colleagues?

Your co-workers are going to be a huge part of your day – considering that you will be spending over 40 hours every week with them, you may want to be sure they are people you will enjoy being around and working with.

Another concern you may want to address is the company’s culture. Are the workers happy there? Do they feel they are doing valuable work?

To get a sense of what it is like working in the organization, you can request to talk to your new colleagues. By speaking with the employees there already, you will learn firsthand about the office dynamics.

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