Understand Your Trade Offs When It Comes To Your Career

You can have it all.  It’s something that a lot of people will say.  Especially those that specialise in motivation.

Now don’t get me wrong, we can all make progress beyond wherever we are.

Careers are one of those interesting areas for accountants and professionals.  Many are ready and willing to put the work in to get the necessary professional qualifications.  Many succeed.

Once they get their professional qualification they naturally want to get a return on all of that investment of time, energy and money.

Usually that means setting out to climb the career ladder or for some it might be setting up their own professional practice.

Of course climbing the career ladder involves sacrifices or trade- offs.

Yet in my experience few ever really consider what trade-offs they are willing to make.

Most get on the hamster wheel and some even get extremely stressed.

Climbing the career ladder is extremely rewarding and at the same time involves some choices.

The more senior you become the longer hours you might end up having to work.  This impacts on your family, friendships, leisure time to name just a few.

It might involve relocating to another part of the country or even moving overseas.

It might involve a lengthy commute each day.  For over 5 years I spent over 3 hours each day on the train.  That’s another 60 hours a month over and above the time actually in work.

Now it’s important to stress that none of these trade-offs or other trade-offs are good or bad.  They are at the end of the day choices.

Understanding the trade-offs or sacrifices that you are willing to make will help you make the right decisions for you and allow you to take personal responsibility for your career results.

About the Author Duncan Brodie

Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.

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