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Career Opportunity: What’s the Potential of Your Current Job?

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Here is a list of eight factors indicating that your job may have more potential than you realize.

What is a career opportunity?

A career opportunity traditionally refers to a job that provides a chance for you to use your training, develop additional skills, and have a realistic potential for future advancement.

Years ago, I noticed a pattern among individuals who identify their job as a career opportunity. They tend to be more productive, perform better, and advance further in their respective organizations.

Obviously, not every job is a career opportunity. So, before you quit or accept another position too quickly, maybe your current job deserves further consideration.

How can I identify a career opportunity?

I’ve created the following list of factors that could indicate your job is a career opportunity.

  1. The job’s essential functions involve work that you consistently do well
  2. The job provides adequate compensation and benefits
  3. Your boss and management treat you with respect at work
  4. Company management demonstrates the values they promote
  5. The job offers opportunities for continuing education and professional development
  6. The company offers opportunities for career advancement
  7. Your personality and temperament are well-suited to the job
  8. You find the work consistent with the core values that guide your life (which is ultimately more important than a job title or prestige)

Where do you go from here?

Today, you can be thankful for any job that can help you provide for your family.

However, discouragement with circumstances, situations, and people at work can obscure your vision. Your current job may offer more opportunities for growth and career advancement more substantial than our dislike for the negative aspects.

Sure, you may need to start looking for another job. But before you quit a job out of frustration, use the factors listed above (and others) to evaluate your position more objectively. Doing so will give you the confidence you need to either stay in your current role or transition to a new job.

Otherwise, choosing to quit your current job based solely on how you feel may cost you a career opportunity you will later regret.

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About the Author: David Cox

David Cox is a Co-owner of TPB Business Copyediting. He writes to encourage us to apply our multidisciplinary training and experiences to develop our current career role further.