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Career Decision Making : When to Go with Your Gut

What is your gut telling you when it comes to making career decisions?

Not sure about you but when it comes to talking any decision I trust my gut a lot.

When I’m positive and in the flow, making career decisions come as second nature. They are made quickly and I rarely have to look back.

But, at times, I can’t seem to be able to take any decision. Everything seems to lead to more questions and nothing jumps out. Something might tick all the boxes but for some reason I’m not feeling it.

A while back I found myself in this exact situation: I had quite my job, took off a couple of months and thought it was time for me to go back to work.

I had a couple of interviews and ended up with three job offers.

The money was good, culture seemed fine, a lot of growth opportunities… Basically, nothing to worry about. They each had their own advantages that made them attractive but for some reason I felt nothing towards these opportunities.  No excitement or strong emotion.

I had never experienced this before. 

I felt torn, lost and it made me very anxious. No idea what to do next.

Here is what I did and it was the best thing ever.

I didn’t take any of the jobs.

My boyfriend at the time (now my husband) declared me absolutely mad. You see, he had been providing for us and he was looking forward to get some financial relief! Understandable, and it made me feel, just for a second, guilty.

But I needed to be true to myself, accepting any of those opportunities would have only be a temporarily fix. If I had accepted a job that wasn’t a great fit or fulfilled me, stress and unhappiness would have affected our relationship.

So I knew I did the right thing.

After reflecting, I came to the realization that I didn’t feel anything because I didn’t know what I wanted.

When you come to a crossroad in life, it is so easy to follow the path you have always taken.  But life changes and what made you happy in the past might not make you happy now.

If you find yourself about to make an important decision and just not “feeling it”, I highly recommend taking two hours (more or less) to find out what you want. Going through this process will give you more clarity to make a career decision that feels good and aligned.

So where to start?

This simple career decision making process should get you started.

5 initial questions:

  • What are your top 3 Career Goals?
  • What is holding you back?
  • What are your key strengths?
  • What are your shortcomings?
  • What do you love doing?

After you answered these questions, the following questions should help you make your final decision:

  • Does this decision brings you closer to your career goal?
  • Is this decision playing to my strengths?
  • Is this decision aligned with what you love?


Reinvent Your Career would like to thank  New horizon coaching  where this article first appeared.

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