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How do u know if u made a good or bad career desicon ?

My question is how do u know if your career path is good or bad and when do u know to leave something alone if it's not working career wise and when do u know that your doing ah career and not a job

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Suzanne’s Answer

You can tell you're on the right career track when you rise each morning, eager to start your workday. Even though you might feel worn out by the end of the day, there's a sense of satisfaction and joy in what you've achieved. If you find yourself unhappy with your career choice, it can turn each day into a battle. You may find it hard to meet your work objectives and dread every moment of every day. A lack of satisfaction and happiness may eventually lead to a point where a change becomes necessary. Best of luck!
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Enise’s Answer

Hello Marsel,

It is a tricky one that everyone will know whether we had a bad decision or not.

If you have a list of your career path, you can follow up your plan. Have a list of your plan and ask yourself what you can do, how you can think about the two-side decisions (if X happens, I will Y do something new, or whatever it takes, I will do Z in the future), what if X will be wrong for me and if there will be any solution if you missed something that you wished to catch Y.

Before you decide something (if you are not sure about your decision), you can tell who you trust the most; because everyone will have given advice for you differently, so you can choose the best advice you can move on.

If X was a bad decision, you need to find practical solution(s) for further steps. If Y issue accidentally happened, I can solve my issue with Z way, or find my way with whom I can consult, or whatever it will be. I am certainly believe that there will be any solutions everyone had experienced before. So, you can join any club or projects, so that you can meet new people and talk about your similar issues with friends.

I hope this helps.
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Robin’s Answer

I would think that a good career is when you pick something that keeps you motivated when you are doing it. It may not always be the one with the highest pay or the most popular job, since a good career is much more than that. The knowledge that you learn, the network that you are building, and the impact that you create for other people are important as well.
When you start doing it, you might not know whether it's the best or not, but I would recommend to spend some time, at least 3-6 months before you decide that the career that you pick is good or bad. Moving over too quickly may miss you some opportunities, while staying longer will waste your time.
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Jeffrey’s Answer

I worked as a welder for a structural company and every morning I woke up I was dreading to go to work. It paid the bills and don’t get me wrong, I love welding, but it became something that was no longer challenging for me.

Long story short, I decided to challenge myself and learn how to be a welding inspector. The pay was much more and a very respectful position in the welding industry. Here I am now, a certified welding inspector for a large company. I wake up every morning happy to go to work! I love my job! That’s my friend is the difference between a job and a career.
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Alejandrina (Ale)’s Answer

I will refer to my own experience. While earning a graduate and undergraduate degree in sociology and a graduate degree in Urban Planning, I work in healthcare. The technical knowledge I gained through my degrees is relevant to the roles I have taken in the companies I have worked for. There has not been a moment where I have thought I made the wrong career choice. I have, however, been very specific and more intentional about the jobs I apply for. The roles I have applied for and have taken in my 25+ career history have been those I am passionate about.

Your interests and passions now should give you a good start for picking a general area of interest. Meaning, there is a process to picking an area of study that interests you.
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Talia’s Answer

There is not necessarily a good or bad career decision, because no decision is permanent. A career move can serve multiple purposes for you. It can increase your salary, it can gain you new knowledge and skills, and it can expand your network. All play a valuable role in your future. If you do not like your job, it doesn't mean you've made a bad decision, because you've grown as a professional from it and now have more to bring to your next employer.

I would separate a "career" from a "job" by something you feel like you can do your entire life. That doesn't mean you will be in the same role your entire life. But it is something you can move up with, or laterally with, and keep building upon your skillset.

For example, you may decide to start a career in education. You may begin as a teacher. But then you move up to become an assistant principal. Then perhaps you get a graduate degree and start teaching in a university. After years of that, you decide to focus more on researching for a university. All of that is an education "career", and each role benefits from the role before it.
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much for the advice. Marsel
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Alfred’s Answer

Only you hold the key to these answers. Reflect on these queries: Does your current role bring you joy, or was there more happiness in your past position? Did the transition prove beneficial, considering factors like expenses, commute, and location? Do you envision a future in this career, or was it merely a stepping stone?
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