I’m honored that, for some time now, my friends and colleagues have come to me for career advice and guidance. It’s actually been quite a responsibility to hold. Topics have been everything from personal job fit to long-term career planning to deciding about accepting a new position. Fortunately for me, they haven’t sued me yet :-). Over the years, I’ve found myself suggesting that, like me, they evaluate career opportunities using a trade-off between three dimensions.
- How does it affect me and my personal growth and satisfaction?
- How does it affect the lives of my family and friends who depend on me?
- What would my decision mean to my current colleagues and teams who depend on me?
- To what degree does it progress me toward my professional path over the next three years?
- Does it open new doors and opportunities for me I hadn’t previously considered?
- How does it impact my career biography and resume from an outsider’s perspective?
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- To what degree does the opportunity marginally improve my relative lifestyle?
- What are financial best-case upside and worst-case downside scenarios?
- Is the impact on I and II above worth the trade-off?
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