What to Look for in Your New Career – And What to Avoid

A dream job is in the eye of the beholder. What you want out of a job should determine the path you choose. If you don't know what you want to do, there are a few guiding principles to keep in mind. Here are some tips to help you figure out what sort of career to look into.

Salary

While money shouldn't be the only factor in whether or not you choose a career, it's certainly an important one. Depending on your needs and expectations, you might aim pretty high. Before you go into an interview for a new job, you should review salary information for that particular field. If you're offered the job, you'll be prepared to negotiate an appropriate starting salary. You should also review the long-term salary prospects for people in your field so that you know where it could lead you. There might be no way to measure exactly how much you're worth as an employee, but you can certainly find a salary that comes close.

Safety

Workplace accidents are no joke. Employers have an obligation to provide necessary protective equipment per OSHA, but sometimes companies fail to provide safe working conditions. Working conditions cannot just be "mostly safe." Before accepting a position at a company, you need to be educated on the safety protocols of the business. If there's a history of accidents and injuries, you should ask the hiring staff about whether safety improvements have been made. A safe workplace is more productive, less stressful and far more positive for employees to experience.

Satisfaction

Going into and leaving work feeling defeated is no way to live. It's also especially worrisome if your responsibilities have become so easy that you're bored most of the day. A satisfying career brings out the best in you by putting your mind to work. There will be some challenges as you learn new skills, but once those skills are gained, you can feel proud of yourself for having more abilities at your disposal. You might want to consider a career that allows you to travel or meet new people so that each day can be different from the one before.

No career, no matter how passionate you are about it, is perfect. But, all careers can meet certain expectations that let you feel like you're truly in the right place. With these tips, you should hopefully have a better sense of what to look for in a career.

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