How To Choose The Right Job
Posted: 21st of July 2015 by Tom Clover
Choosing the right job can have a genuine impact on your health – or rather, choosing the wrong one can! In fact, with recent research showing that being stuck in a bad job can be worse for your mental health than not having a job at all, it is important to get it right. Whether you are looking for your first job, considering a change of career, or just looking for the future, it is important to understand how your happiness should come into the career choices you make. Of course, there will be financial issues to think about too, and sometimes you may feel the need to accept a job just to make sure you have money coming in. But, given time to search, perhaps you should consider these factors when looking for your dream career:
Money is among the most important factors of your work. You go to work to offer your skills, knowledge, and time in exchange for money – it is as simple as that. So, the first thing you need to do is work out if the job will pay you enough. Can you afford to pay any rents and bills you may need to cover, and how about travel to and from work, food, and other items? Think about your outgoings and what you think you are worth. You can look at other jobs in the same area and see how the pay compares. Don’t forget to include any extra perks of the job, such as gym membership, company cars, bike allowances, and pension plans. These can all make a difference to your money.
- All Work & No Play?
As well as working out what you will be paid, you need to consider exactly how much you will be expected to work. Will you need to work weekends, evenings, or be on call? You will have an idea of your lifestyle, and the balance between work and your free time. If you don’t want to work on weekends, forcing yourself to take a job that requires that could make you feel resentful. You know how much you love the pace of working life, and how much you are prepared to see it impinge on your life. If you are happy to answer emails in the evening, or work late without overtime pay, then fine. Just make sure your work fits your lifestyle.
While simple mathematics ensures that there are only so many hours that a 9-5 job can take up, if you have to commute for hours each day, it can soon stretch out your working week. If you are leaving early in the morning and not returning home until late in the evening, it can have a real impact on your life. While the very act of commuting to work can be stressful, you are also reducing your downtime in the evenings. Think realistically about the travel that will be required to get you to and from work each day (as well as the cost) before applying for a job.
You can have the greatest job but it can still be like hell if you work with people you can’t stand. You spend hours every week with your work colleagues, maybe more than spend with your family, so it is worth getting along with them. Equally, if your workplace is an uninspiring dump, then that can also have a negative impact on your happiness at work. Make sure you fit in with the company culture too – if the workplace encourages loads of interaction, yet you are more introverted you may need to think about how you will get on.
- The Future
When you are taking a job, it is worth thinking about the future. Is there room to progress your career, or will you need to move elsewhere once you reach a certain point? Even if the job you are taking has no immediate room for promotion, it may teach you important skills that you can take with you elsewhere later. There might be training courses and qualifications you can earn to improve your employability and skills for when you decide it is time to move on up. Ideally, there will be a definite career path in place for you to follow, but if not you’ll need to think of one yourself. Otherwise you risk the enthusiasm-sapping prospect of being stuck in a dead-end job – and nobody wants that!
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