If you are looking for a career change, deciding what job to do can be overwhelming and challenging. Often we support people who are facing redundancy and are unsure what their next career step should be, with lots of different options to pursue. There might be a career you’ve always dreamed of pursuing but hadn’t made financial sense before now, or you might have formed close friendships with colleagues and are reluctant to move on – even if doing so means advancing your career. It can be hard to make an objective decision about your career priorities without letting your heart and emotions take over.
How can you make an objective decision about your next career move?
It’s easy to take the wrong approach when making huge, potentially life-changing decisions. Effective decision-making relies on thorough research, an understanding of risks and key motivators. Making decisions about your career when under pressure or feeling impatient could compromise the eventual outcome. Above all, remember that no decision is irreversible. You can always revert to plan B if your initial decision doesn’t work out.
It’s almost completely impossible to completely disregard your emotions when making career-related decisions, but introducing as much objectivity as possible into the process can certainly provide clarity and focus. Here’s one method of achieving this:
You will now have a score attached to each option. The higher the number, the higher the likelihood that the option will meet your career priorities.
These numbers are just a starting point. Thoroughly assess the highest rated options. Are there any downsides? Do you need more information to decide for sure? Is this option realistic?
Renovo is one of the UK’s leading providers of outplacement and career transition support. We work with both organisations and individuals to support all their career transition requirements. If you would like to understand how Renovo can help you please call 0800 612 2011 or email firstname.lastname@example.org