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Next Steps for Your Career

To stay or not to stay? To accept or not accept the new position? There are always hard decisions to make in regards to our career path. And every one of them feels so important and heavy at the time. While we know that what is most important is to ask ourselves what we want, we often turn outward for answers. We ask our parents or our friends or coworkers what they would do or what they think we should do. But at the end of the day, we are the ones who are going to be living with the outcome of the decision, not them.

Here an easy exercise to help make these tough decisions:

  • Make a list of all of the things you are saying yes to with one decision. (Example: stable income, terrible boss, short commute)
  • Make another list with all of the things that you are saying no to with that same decision. (Example: Working creatively, dream job,┬ámeeting new people)

Make these yes/no lists for each of the possible decisions you have to make. Now prioritize each item in terms of importance in your life. Is working creatively more important than a stable income right now? Or is the short commute more important than meeting new people? All of these decisions are personal and there is not a right or wrong answer.