The topic ‘how to select a right company for your career growth’ itself reminds me of a story. The story of an employer who eagerly wanted to hire an individual who was interested to work with them.
When the employer of a reputed IT web development company called him, he politely replied “Sorry, but I’m not interested. It was certainly the most essential and a big step from his current role, and he had all the right skills and qualifications.
The recruiter continued to convince him until he said something that really confused him. The candidate replied that he “already made it to the top”.
The employer was quite acquainted with his current company and looked at his resume again.
The employer wondered, he (the candidate) is not somewhere on the top. He would have needed a telescope to see the top. While at the same time, he was just a mere a pathfinder, not a manager.
To the perplexed recruiter, he explained that “making it to the top” for him meant he loved the exact work he did each day, he loved his company, he was treated fairly and with respect, he made enough money to be comfortable, he had excellent benefits, he had flexibility, and most importantly to him, he’s never missed a single Little League game, dance recital, parent-teacher conference, anniversary, birthday, or any family event.
He knew what taking the next step in his career meant. More time, travel, and sacrifice. “Not worth it,” he said.
Brilliant, isn’t that?
But the traditional thing followed by every employee is –
*You are selected for the job*
*Jumping with happiness*
*After a week*
The happiness of getting a job transformed to concern as you realize that you have accepted the job without thinking, and the honeymoon period is over.
The moment you feel wouldn’t it be great if you can ask questions which would show the blacks in the grays about being a potential bad fit for the company?
The story we read, clearly tells that for a deserving job aspirant a decent job opportunity is not just about a good pay package but it is about several things including designation, work pressure, career growth and also the workplace environment. Yes, the place where one spends a better part of the day should boost the morals of working and encourage the employee to give the best of his abilities.
So how as an employee you can decide about an ideal workplace? How can you decide about the workplace that contributes to the development of your skills and capabilities? Maybe asking right questions will improve the chances that your next strategic career step will be witty.
Here are some of the most important considerations when evaluating your ideal workplace.
- Personal Growth
Personal growth is a sum total of career growth and on job learning as well as skill development. Obviously, both are closely related and your career growth can only be ensured with right skill development and on-job learning. Taking the right step towards the right direction in your career depends on your abilities as well.You should always choose a workplace that offers pretty expansive opportunities to sharpen your skills and abilities besides opening up opportunities for career growth. Just think whether the job role would help you evolve and become better equipped for bigger roles in your career? A perfect workplace instead of making your position stagnant and static propels your career growth.
Just like mentioned in the above story, the definition of making it to the top is all about your growth rather than the one defined by society or anyone else.
- Passionate Seniors
The second most important thing is the passion of your seniors and upper levels in nourishing your skills and guiding you professionally. Instead of a routine stuck clerical mentality seniors must push for creative pursuit and innovative output from the workplace and this does not happen without a passionate approach. If your seniors lack passion, you are likely to have less passion as well.
- Company Growth And Competitive Position
You cannot find yourself on the growth track if your company is experiencing severe growth challenges. So, for every would-be employee company’s growth and prospect is equally a major competitors. You are likely to experience better career prospect if the company is competitively ahead of others.
- The Future Prospect Of Growth
Even if a company is just beginning its journey, you can still find to be ideal for your career growth if it is involved in breakthrough projects or has several innovative projects under its command. Even a small startup can have a big prospect thanks to the innovative potential. Being part of a phenomenal growth story from the very beginning is undoubtedly a rewarding endeavour.
- Company Stability
Finally, is your company you are going to stable? Does it have a solid foundation in respect of financial strength and market reputation? Can it withstand and overcome market setbacks? These considerations are important to ensure your stability as an employee.
- Vibes You Feel When You Come For Interview
Lastly, you need to be observant of the typical vibe in the workplace when you come in for an interview. Does it give you the impression of a happy and vibrantly energetic workplace? If yes, at least you could be assured of one positive sign of your future workplace.