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3 Things to Consider Before Starting a New Job

Photo: Alejandro Escamilla Under Creative Commons License

Photo: Alejandro Escamilla Under Creative Commons License

Are you looking for work? Or have you recently been offered a new job? You may want to throw caution to the wind and accept the position, but some careful consideration needs to take place first. You need to work out if the job is going to be a viable position or if the job will cost you more than you earn from it, both in time and money. Read on below for three things that should be considered before you decide to take on your new job.

1. Transport

Before starting your new job, you need to ensure you can get to and from work with reliable transport. Without transport, you can’t even consider taking the job. Depending on your location, you may be able to use public transport to get yourself to work, which is often cheaper thanks to saving you money on fuel and parking. Of course, parking is a very important consideration when getting to work. Driving only to find there is nowhere to park is not a good way to start your workday. If, for whatever reason, you find your driver’s licence disqualified, keep in mind you can apply for a work licence; professionals like those at GC Traffic Lawyers can help you acquire one so you can get to work without any issues.

2. Qualifications

When starting a new job, you have to consider whether or not you are qualified for the position. Being either underqualified or overqualified can cause problems. Are you confident you have the skills to complete the work? Or will you find the job unsatisfying or dull? Before you start, find out if there is any chance of career progression through further training. Many jobs will have on-the-job training. This could be during work hours or occasionally after hours. Further training allows you to advance your skills on the job and improve your work quality and speed.

3. Looking for Promotion or Stability

A new job means a new job outlook. You should decide early on what your goals with your new career are. Do you want to move up the ranks to a better position or are you happier in a stable and secure seat? Of course, each workplace has a different work environment. Some jobs will encourage employees to work for promotions, making it harder for you to achieve a promotion. This will directly affect your home life, putting extra stress where you probably don’t need it. But if the promotion is what you are aiming for, you may have to sacrifice some things to get there. At the same time, if you’re looking for a stable position, you may first need to get a promotion to a better position.

A new career can be very stressful, but it also brings many opportunities with it. Think carefully before taking a new job and consider all your options and issues that could arise with it. Have you recently started a new job? What issues did you consider before starting? Leave your comments below.