By: Nicole DaRosa
Navigating through your career will always be hard, but it is especially daunting when you’re first starting out. It has been a year since I graduated college and what a year it has been! I moved to a different state, got my first job, quit my first job, and learned a whole lot about myself in the process. I also learned a lot about making the right career moves – ones that not only benefit my career, but my life as well.
On my blog, Glamorously You, I talk a lot about the importance of living a life you love and pursuing your dream career, because what is life if you don’t? I am an activist for individuality and the pursuit of happiness, which inspires every bit of advice that I offer.
That is why I am so excited to be partnering with F-perfection on this post! These are the 5 biggest pieces of advice I have to give on making the right career decisions.
Keep your finances in mind
Before you make any big career decisions, you must have a financial plan in place. It doesn’t have to be fancy or complicated, but it has to reflect your needs and any financial goals you have.
So get out a pen and paper, write out all of your expenses, debts, loans, and anything you want to save up for (trips, a house, a new car, etc.). This will give you an idea of how much money you need to be making to commit to all of your responsibilities as well as move forward with your life.
Keep this plan in mind whenever you are thinking about making a change. Sure, that job you’re thinking of applying to looks great, but will it allow you to move out of your parent’s house in a year’s time? Allow this plan to guide you through the decision-making process.
Remember your goals
Sometimes we get caught up in landing the perfect job that we forget about what we really want to get out of life. Remember that your job is not your life. Hopefully it fulfills you and brings you happiness, but it should not define or control you.
When making career decisions, always consider what kind of life you want for yourself and where you ultimately want to end up. For example, Glamorously You is my absolute passion (I took a few months off from it last year and I was completely miserable). So when I am looking for jobs, I am going to make sure that it allows me the flexibility to be able to work on it a little bit everyday. If it doesn’t allow me to do that, then it inhibits me from pursuing a major life goal.
So whether it’s a blog you love, a business you want to start, or your family that you want to spend more time with, always remember what is most important to you.
Know your worth
This is when you have to get realistic! Before you even think about making a career decision, you have to know your worth. You don’t want to be underrating yourself by taking a job that’s beneath you, nor do you want to be setting the bar too high for yourself.
Consider how much experience you have, how much money you have made in the past, and what your strengths and weaknesses are. Then, take a look at LinkedIn and find some people who have a similar level of experience as you. See where they are in their career and use that as a guide. You can even reach out to them and pick their brain if you like.
Being realistic will help you to set the best goals and make the right decisions.
Consider your work/life balance
Having a busy, high-paying job is great, but if you don’t have time to sleep or otherwise enjoy your life, is it even worth it?
There are endless anecdotes of people quitting their highly sought-after, high-paying jobs for less demanding roles simply because they wanted to enjoy life more. Spending more time with their loved ones and having more personal time proved to be of more importance.
So if you find yourself where you want to be in your career, but not exactly within your life, then you may want to take a second look.
Find your sweet spot
Everyone has different ways of working and getting things done. Some people prefer working in large, open offices, while others prefer the independent, quiet time that comes with working from home. It may take awhile for you to figure out what your sweet spot is, but it is always wise to ask about the company culture and office dynamics when you’re looking for a new job.
It may not seem as important as the job role or salary, but it has a major impact on your mental and emotional health. If you’re working in an environment that doesn’t suit you, you may find yourself getting distracted often, not being productive, or forming lackluster relationships with your colleagues.
When you recognize and seek out your sweet spot, you will find that your productivity will flow more naturally and your professionalism will shine!
Whenever you find yourself having to make a big career decision, always think about what you will be best for you. Don’t mind other people’s opinions or start comparing yourself to others. If you consistently keep your goals and passions in the forefront of your mind, then you are destined to find success in both your life and your career!
Nicole DaRosa is the founder and blogger-in-chief of Glamorously You, where she helps young women on their journey to becoming their most glamorous selves, inside and out. Through her writing, she encourages readers to feel confident in their true identities, partake in constant self-improvement, and sport a style of their own. Nicole describes herself as a glamorous introvert, lipstick connoisseur, avid journalista, and a lover of all things sparkly.
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