Career Risks

5 Mins

How risk averse are you?

With our careers, many of us err on the side of caution. But sometimes risks are worth taking. But which ones?

Here’s our take on the career risks you should take and those you should avoid at all costs.

Career risks you worth taking:

  • Choose job culture over salary

Unsure which one to go for? It’s tempting to be swayed by a high salary, but it pays to choose the company culture that matches your own values. You’ll fit better in your role, enjoy your job, and when you’re thriving at work promotions and financial rewards follow.

  • Work abroad

An opportunity to work abroad can seem really daunting. There’s a lot of paperwork and effort that goes into such a move. But this is a chance to grow your career, network with people on an international stage, and gain a new perspective on your career and your life. It’s a risk many find is a highlight of their careers.

  • Ask for more

Too often we stay quiet, afraid to ask for more money, more training, more growth opportunities. But if you don’t ask, you won’t get. If you feel really stifled in a role and there’s a toxic work culture, then look for opportunities elsewhere. Don’t stay put in a job that doesn’t help you reach your potential.

Career risks you SHOULDN’T take:

  • Impulsively quit

We all have terrible weeks at work. Don’t let emotions get in the way. Wait until you’ve had some time to think about the pros and cons before you decide. As tempting as it might be to do a dramatic flounce out of the office, look at how you can repair the issues you have instead. And if you need to leave, do it professionally.

  • Doing something illegal or unethical

Don’t be afraid to say no. Trust your gut, and if something feels wrong, it probably is. Imagine what a tabloid newspaper would make of your actions. If you think the headline would look bad, don’t do it.

  • Avoid any risks at all

Sure, not every risk will pay off, but we learn from our mistakes. Don’t sit tight and presume opportunities will land in your lap. We can easily find ourselves too scared to take a career leap and end up floating along a path we didn’t choose. Find that better job, network more, step out of your comfort zone. Your career will thank you for it.

Written by Jason Connolly