Don’t Make a Career Move You’ll Regret

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No matter what industry you work in, what role you fill, or how successful you are, chances are you’ve made a bad career decision. Here are two of the most common ones and how to avoid them:

  • Taking the job for the money. Many people opt into high-paying, but ultimately dissatisfying, careers. And once they get there, they often feel trapped. If you’re considering taking a job for the salary alone, take a step back and think about how the job might be meaningful (or not) aside from compensation.
  • Not quitting sooner. People who finally leave a job to pursue a passion often look back and think, “Why didn’t I get out of there sooner?” You won’t get those years back. If you’re yearning to do what you really care about but biding your time, save yourself the future disappointment and quit sooner rather than later.

Adapted from “The Top Five Career Regrets” by Heidi Daniel Gulati.

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