Roger is a recent commerce graduate with a noticeably extroverted nature.
And he’s in a great position - he has received two incredible job offers.
The first opportunity is with a high-profile company. The money and prestige are very appealing to Roger, but he will primarily be doing a backroom analytical role.
The second opportunity isn’t as prestigious. But Rogers gets the feeling he would have the freedom to express more of his inner motivations and personal narrative here.
Which opportunity do you think Roger will take?
Don’t be misled: money isn’t everything
Money and prestige are tempting factors when weighing up job opportunities. After all, you start to imagine the different ways these could improve your lifestyle and all of sudden it seems like the answer to all your problems is right in front of you.
The trouble is, these factors aren’t enough on their own. According to Herzberg’s Theory of Motivation, it isn’t just a case of being dissatisfied or satisfied with a job, for there are two sets of factors which govern negative and positive work attitudes.
When hygiene factors, like salary and job perks, aren’t met this breeds dissatisfaction. But, when they are met, satisfaction is still not guaranteed. That is because positive attitudes towards work also depend on motivation factors being adequate.
Therefore, an enriched career also depends on your values, motivations and the working culture that is best suited to your personality.
In other words, it must incorporate what is most important to you.
Why are values so important?
Your values are what you stand for, what you represent.
If you aren’t aware of what’s important to you, it will be unclear which is the best road to take.
That applies to all decisions you’ll make in your life - not just how to find a fulfilling career. However, values are handy filters for evaluating job opportunities and the organisational culture of a new employer.
Even though it looks as though Roger is going to take the first job opportunity, I believe this a mistake, and he will be a square peg in a round hole.
Why? One of Roger’s core values is extroversion. If his new workplace doesn’t provide him with the environment to express this value, he is going to feel this misalignment of values significantly. And that is likely to breed poor motivation, performance and levels of satisfaction - not the enriched career he deserves.
If you want to learn more about how to find a fulfilling career and evaluate job opportunities, reach out to me directly or get your hands on a copy of my upcoming release: So You’re Career Confused! WTF is Next?
Greg Weiss is Australia’s leading career coach. He is the author of “So You Got The Job! WTF Is Next?”. The book prescribes a proven, practical 7-step guideline for new employees so they succeed, rather than fail their probation periods and beyond. Find out more about the book at https://www.wtfisnext.wtf
He is the Founder and Director of Onboff an online training and coaching platform that helps HR specialists, coaches and recruiters to deliver exceptional onboarding and offboarding experiences for employees.
He also hosts The Keep: The Employee Experience podcast and runs CareerSupport365.
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