I just got off the phone with a former student who faces a tough career decision. I hope I helped with her quandary involving two excellent job offers that would take her in entirely different career directions. She allowed me to share portions of the discussion, without mentioning her name. And she welcomes suggestions before she makes up her mind later this week.
The first opportunity is a full-time sales management position that pays more than she was expecting for her early 20-something age–certainly more than the $10-an-hour internship opportunity at a major public relations agency.
“What does your gut tell you?” I asked. “I want the money, but the sales job takes me off course from the career I really want,” she replied. “Decision made,” I asserted. “Take the internship. You clearly have the knack for sales and can come back to it if you don’t like what you find in public relations. But you’ll always wonder ‘what if’ should you forego the PR opportunity.”
I also encouraged her to test her decision against Kevin Donnellon’s seven factors to consider when assessing whether a particular job is right for you:
- Money and benefits