On average, most people spend 10 waking hours, 5 days a week at the workplace. If you are in a job that matches your personality and goals, the likelihood of enjoying a long, successful and fulfilling career increases exponentially. So, your strategy on how you choose a career is highly critical. Here are some pointers on what to look out for to find that “right fit”.
Personality – What kind of person are you? Are you aggressive or execution oriented? Or do you prefer to work behind-the-scenes? The job profile and day-to-day activities should match your personality type.
Skills – The job should offer two facets – leverage your existing skills and provide opportunities for you to enhance them. Simultaneously the job should allow for learning new skills. A challenging and stimulating environment will create a hunger to grow rapidly.
Compensation – Does the job provide a fair salary? Most companies describe which percentile fits the salary range offered by the organisation. A career consultant would be able to guide you on this factor. Understand company policy on flexible working arrangements, leave and basis of promotion. During the euphoria of being hired, a candidate sometimes does not dwell on the details. Later this can become a common issue that causes misunderstanding and is the basis used by an employer to calculate performance bonus.
Culture – The culture of the organisation and management style play a critical role on the office environment. Company values must align with your values. Enquire about the working style – is there a lot of team participation, do employees work in silos. Match the working environment with your personality type.
Future – Where can I go from here? An important factor to be considered while making a career decision centres on the likely future an individual has in the proposed role.
General factors – Growth opportunities, a good training program, a well-defined mentorship program are positives that a prospective employer can offer a potential employee.
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