Here are five simple strategies that everyone should follow to help ensure that they make good Career Choices:
“The future depends on what you do today.” — Mahatma Gandhi
1. Do Your Research and Ask All the Important Questions
The first step to making the right career decision is always to do your research – about the company that you may join, about the role itself, about the people you may work with.
If you are going to an interview, you should Google about the company and try to read as much as possible about the business – so that you know about their focus areas, their vision.
At a minimum, interviewers will expect that you have read fully their corporate website. It shows that you are genuinely interested and prepared for the interview.
When preparing for the interview you should also have a list of key questions; i) questions about the company itself — its products or services, its vision & objectives, its people, its culture and ii) questions about the position you are being interviewed for — the expectations, targets, what will be a “typical day” etc,
Whilst an interview is definitely about a company learning about you and whether you are a “good fit” for their organisation, it is also very much about you learning about the company. Asking smart questions helps you to decide if it is a business that suits you and your career plans.
If you make a decision to join a company without all the proper information—for example without asking what the working culture is really like—you are potentially setting yourself up for disappointment later on when you learn something that you didn’t expect.
Putting the time in up-front, doing research, Googling about the company, asking the important questions at interview — it means that there are fewer chances for regret down the line. You don’t want to be thinking, after 2 months of working for a new company “If only I’d asked this at the interview…”
Being prepared for interviews and asking smart questions shows that you are organised, have good attention to details and want to make the right career choices — these are all very positive characteristics.
2. Stay calm and relaxed
Career decisions are definitely at the “top level” of the most stressful choices that we have to make… for sure… but doing it calmy and in a relaxed fashion lowers the chance of making the wrong decision. That’s because the calmer you are, the less likely you are to make a hasty, emotionally focused decision.
Career choices should always be logically made decisions, not emotional.
Try to get into a relaxed state of mind, remove any stress factors and think through your decision with a clear rational head and an open mind. Don’t rush, don’t panic; instead, take deep breaths and think about the facts.
3. Know All the Possible Options
Think through all the potential scenarios of the decision, the good and the bad — don’t leave any option unexplored, no matter how unlikely it seems:
You want to know the full range of outcomes possible. Being aware helps you plan.
4. Keep a Written List
Instead of just going through the positives and negatives of an opportunity in your head, many people find that it helps to write them all out in a list.
Writing a list of strengths Versus weaknesses, will help you to plan for all eventualities and reduce the chance of future regret. It also helps you to focus on facts and not emotions and to ensure that nothing important is missed.
A written list also acts as a strong reminder for why you have made the decision that you have made.
So, if you have decided to join a new company, for lots of very good reasons… a written list helps to remind you of these reasons and to keep you focused when going through the resignation process at your current company (which can be stressful).
5. Keep Things in Perspective
This is important both during decision-making and afterwards.
We often get so caught up in making the best career decision that it consumes us. Reminding yourself that things are going to be OK no matter which choice you make—which is true most of the time, as long as all the key details have been considered—puts you in the right mindset for a regret-free decision.
Also, you should only ask for the opinion of people that you trust, people that you know will think deeply and give you an honest and genuine opinion based on facts and logic. If you ask everyone for their opinion “should i join this new company or not” as an example, there is a very good chance that you will just get very very confused.
As long established Headhunters for the Indonesia market, we are naturally always being asked by Executive Level candidates for our advice regarding their career decisions.
We are committed to always providing honest, factful, big picture advice to our candidates throughout any Executive Recruitment process.
We want the right hire to be made by our clients…. not just any hire. But equally important, we also want Executive Candidates to join a new company knowing all the important information and having made a logical, fact based decision, one that leads to success.
This helps to ensure an excellent outcome for both our client and candidate.