It can be difficult when deciding between two careers. Often people try to determine which one “feels right,” but there are also some logical ways to determine which career path is best for you. Here are a few things to consider.

Work-Life Balance

Before making a decision, see how each career path would factor into your work-life balance. You want to make sure your career won’t detract too much from your daily life. Lack of a good balance can be detrimental to your health. Constantly working can cause burnout and even chronic stress. Certain work environments can lead to physical pain or maladies such as carpal tunnel or heart disease due to a sedentary lifestyle. Weigh both your options and see which one will give you a more positive balance. You need time away from work.

Having a good work-life balance can have benefits as well. It will make you more productive. You will have more time to rest and recover. Having a balance also makes you happier and more willing to work the next day. It also allows you more time with your family. This is especially important if you are a parent with young children. Overall, a work-life balance maintains your health and allows you to be a better, happier worker and individual.

Earning Potential

When choosing between careers, it might be beneficial to look at which one will allow you to make more money. This can be considered in a variety of ways. You could look at which one has a higher salary. You can also see which one allows for more potential to earn. For example, in real estate you work on commission. How much you make is directly proportional to how well you sell. In a way, you control how much money you make and this can be more appealing than a job with a set salary. You also need to consider the difference between states as they may have different earning potentials. For example, a real estate agent in California can make a six-figure income if they work hard enough. Do some research and see which career path can offer you a higher potential income.

Long-Term Goals

One way to know if a career is right for you is to see if it aligns with your long-term career goals. Consider where you want to be in five years. What about 10 years? Or 15 years? Will this job get you there? As you consider all other factors, also consider how each career path will influence your future.

You can always go with your gut when deciding between jobs, but you can also look at the facts. What will each career do for you? Is it in line with what you want and need? Sometimes it isn’t about the “right” choice. It’s about the better choice.  

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