In the past, it didn’t matter what profession you chose as long as you had a job for life. This meant that people would often compromise for any career that was stable.
Luckily, things have changed a lot nowadays. Whereas you didn’t have anyone to talk to about your career goals and concerns, today you can choose to speak to a range of career professionals and get advice about finding the career you will most likely be suited to. Also, there are a lot more careers to choose from and opportunities for development.
For those professionals who are conscious about their career advancement, this is an enormous advantage as it helps them develop allowing them to rise higher in their profession. On the other hand, there are also people who prefer to settle for a job that doesn’t give them any real joy or satisfaction – possibly out of fear of trying something different.
However, just like the famous politician and philanthropist Imran Khan said you should “compromise for your dream but never compromise on your dream” and this is what you need to do. Here is why you should never compromise on your career:
#1 You Need to Pursue Your Goals
It doesn’t matter how high your expectations are for yourself; these won’t mean a thing unless you make the effort to go after them. If you choose to compromise on your career then you are abandoning your goals and career aspirations, and for what? Job security, money? In this competitive job market, you can no longer put all of your eggs in one basket, and that’s why you need to be constantly looking out for different ways to pursue your goals.
#2 You Need to Stay Relevant
As a professional you need to continuously evolve in your role. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you should become a job hopper. If you want to stay relevant, you have to be up-to-date with developments in your specialty and what better way to do so than learning more about it day-by-day. Reading about it, watching it on the news or even discussing industry-specific matters with your colleagues should keep you informed about what’s currently going on in your field.
#3 You Want to Be Happy
Sometimes you don’t have to think too hard to find the answer. If being happy in your job will make your life happier, isn’t that what really matters? You choose whether you want to keep yourself restricted in a job that doesn’t allow you to develop in any way, or you can decide to make a change. Staying in a job that you don’t enjoy means that you will miss out on other opportunities that could have been just what you needed to make yourself happy and successful.
#4 You Want to Keep Things Interesting
It would be very easy to work in a job where the only thing you care about is finishing your daily tasks. What’s difficult is to keep things interesting so that you don’t get bored doing the same boring thing every day. Not compromising on your career means that you will continue to be happy in it. So, if you want to feel that you are doing meaningful work, find more challenging stuff to do and never stop learning.
Settling for less than what you deserve means that you are choosing to surrender and give up the fight. If you want to go big, you have all the power in the world to make it happen. If you must – get another job or ask for a promotion, make a career change or develop a new skill. Anything will work as long as you are willing to take the next step.
So, what is it going to be? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below…