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In with the New, Out with the Old? Choosing Between Your Current Job and a New One

March 4, 2019 / 0 Comments

At some point in your career, you will face two options. These options will decide not only your employment but also your future.

You’re choosing between two jobs, one of which you’ve been doing for quite a while with people you’re already familiar with. The other offers a new path that also has promising advantages.

Which job will you choose? The decision will not always be easy, but it’s one that you eventually have to make. The stress that comes with decision-making can impact your choice. Making this big decision can be really stressful. That is why you have to take the time to consider these things:


1. Pay and Benefits

For most people, salary and benefits are the principal variables they consider when making a job-related decision. After all, we work to get paid. Is the new job offering you the same or a higher salary? You also have to consider the long-term pay: which post will give you more money over time and let you achieve your goals?


The benefits of both jobs may also vary. Calculate the incentives and bonuses, the paid time-off, retirement plan and opportunities for learning (e.g., seminars and training). Weigh these all and see if the benefits suit your immediate and long-term needs.


2. Accommodations and Living Arrangements

When choosing a job, the location is one of the most important considerations. If you live far from your place, you might have to commute longer and spend more on gas.


Also, you might be at risk of being late often. Living near your workplace, on the other hand, allows you to walk or bike to the office, decreasing travel time. The disadvantage is that if you’re staying at or near a business district, the rent may be higher and the cost of living may be more expensive. When you’re deciding between two jobs, carefully calculate your living costs as they get the big chunk of your salary.


3. Workload and Other Responsibilities

Do you feel overworked, or do you think you’re not given enough responsibilities? Do you like your current position or do you want to make a career change? At times, the work responsibilities are what cause stress among employees and what push them to leave the job.


If looking for another job is your reason, it’s a good idea to assess the responsibilities of the job offer. Of course, you don’t want to jump ship only to find out that you’re going to be in the same condition. It’s also important to ask yourself if your responsibilities in your current job and the position you’re being offered are fulfilling.


4. Other Questions to Ask Yourself When Deciding

What is the workplace culture you want?


Does the job allow you to have a work-life balance?


Are the company’s principles aligned with yours?


Are you ready to meet and work with new people?


Are or will you be applying my skills and abilities on this job?


Are or will you be fulfilled and happy with this job?


Like any other major decisions in life, deciding on a career change requires time and careful analysis. Weigh all your options and outline what you will be losing and gaining if you stay at your current job or leave it for a new one.


If you work in the engineering industry, our engineering recruitment professionals can help you find job offers and give you valuable advice. Talk to us today for opportunities.


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