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Does Your Career Offer You a Bright Future?

There are a lot of factors to take into account when considering whether or not you have chosen the right career.

If you think only of the financial side of things then you might earn good money but at some point you could find that you are bored of your job and looking for a change. On the other hand, if you just want to have a fun job then it might not give you the financial rewards you need in the long term. So how will you work out whether or not you have made the right choice?

The Prospect of Bigger Earnings

Even if you start off not earning a very high salary, you will want to have the prospect of better earnings at some point in the future. Of course, this could come in one of a variety of different ways. The easiest path to a big salary is by working in a job that has some sort of clearly defined salary scale that you will go on climbing over the years. Alternatively, you might see that there are plenty of opportunities for getting promoted into a better paying role as you progress. Finally, you might see that this job will give you the experience you need to move onto something better later on. Not all jobs need to be looked on as your final position. Instead, it could be that you see it as a useful stepping stone to the career you really want, in which you will start to earn what you are worth.

Long Term Job Satisfaction

This one is a bit of a sore point for me. I spent years moving from one job to another because I got bored of them too easily. I would start off each new role with a lot of enthusiasm but as soon as I felt that I had learned everything my interest started to wane. For this reason, I had a spell in my life in which I never spent more than a couple of years in any one job. This is a good way to learn about a lot of different things and meet new people but at some point you will want to find a career that you feel offers some sort of long term job satisfaction. The good news is that I’m sure that there is something perfect out there for all of us. My solution was to start working online. I’ve now been doing it for a lot longer than any of my other jobs and there is no sign of me ever getting bored of it. We all have different needs and wants, and it is for this reason that we each need to find the role that best suits us in the long term.

The Chance for Some Variety

For me, this point kind of falls into the previous one about long term job satisfaction. However, I feel that it is important enough to also give it a separate point here. You see, I simply can’t imagine doing a job that involved doing the same thing over and over again year after year. As I said earlier, we are all different. However, I think that it must be hard for anyone to imagine themselves doing the same things day in and day out for the rest of their working life. Perhaps other people will offer different opinions on this matter, but I think that if your career doesn’t offer you the possibility of some variety in the future then it is going to be very difficult to feel happy doing it. Don’t forget that if you get a lot of variety then this will also help you pick up a good number of different skills over the years as well.

Have you chosen the right career, or do you feel that you need to keep looking?

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12 Responses to Does Your Career Offer You a Bright Future?

  1. Last week, my husband decided to transfer to another company. But when his current company heard about his plan, they immediately talk to him and asked him to stay. The manager offered him a higher salary and a promotion this coming September.

    • Robert Bell says:

      These are tough decisions to make Clarisse. I hope he makes the right decision and is happy with it

  2. Syed says:

    Very important to keep in mind. If you’re working somewhere you can’t see yourself working in the next 10 years, you have to ask yourself the tough questions.

  3. You know that your career offer you a bright future and when you know that you have a healthy working environment. As long as you’re happy then it’s obvious that you have a bright career.

    • Robert Bell says:

      Wise words Kate. I have been both happy and unhappy at work and know that there is a world of difference between the two

  4. Before I moved to Canada and was living in the UK I didn’t think having the career today was possible. I took myself back to school when I moved to Canada and now am in a career that is sought after. I am also able to take my career in different directions as well which is what I am doing now. I think taking the time to really find out what you want to do and just going for it is what motivated me.

    • Robert Bell says:

      That’s a great story CBB. It shows that taking some time can help you get a better career and improve your life

  5. I am a software engineer, and have had a great career thus far. I love what I do, and by all accounts pretty good at it. I believe I have a bright future with plenty of enjoyment and earning opportunity yet to come!

    • Robert Bell says:

      That’s great to hear Brock. It is a great feeling to enjoy your work and can look forward to doing it for a long time

  6. I really enjoy this post. I think the question is so important because work takes up such a large part of our time. Earnings (including the potential for increase) and job satisfaction are critical to happiness for me (and probably for most people).

    • Robert Bell says:

      Thanks Natalie. It is amazing how some people don’t put enough time and thought into this subject

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