Your career and financial rewards

Whatever you do, don't select a career path solely on the grounds of financial earnings potential. There is much more to work than the salary and if you base your whole future on salary alone, you will be disappointed and may even end up with depression.

Depression in itself will cost you motivation, productivity and in the long run, health and financial problems. Finances play a huge role in our everyday lives, but spending 8 to 12 hours a day at a job you hate just because it pays well, is not worth all the financial benefits you can get.

Why not base your future on salary alone?

Salary forms only a small part of your package. Other factors such as benefits, sick leave, pension, Unemployment insurance, loans, study loans, leave days, bonus, rewards and more, also play a role. Apart from the above, hours you have to work, traveling, the corporate culture and the work itself, also contribute to job satisfaction.

Work values

You need to assess whether your values are compatible with that of a company. You may for instance need more time with your family, while the career you chose based on income, places a lot of pressure on you and your time. If you want to spend quality time with your family, it will be hard to do so if you work shifts and spend more than 10 hours a day on the road or underground.

Your work may require that you do things that go against your principles. In the end it all catches up to you. You need to assess what values are important to you, what you require from a job, and what your interests are.

The myth of money and happiness

True, money can buy a certain amount of happiness, but IT can also cause you to be trapped in a dead end job or doing something that doesn't quite fit your personality. Many people landed up in IT fields even though they hate their jobs because they based their career choices on income potential alone. Think for one moment how it must feel to be an accountant if you are a creative and holistic thinker who needs constant change. Also think how you would feel if you have to travel a lot while you prefer a secure and routine type of job. Your personality, interests, income, values, and aspirations, as well as skills should all match that offered by a career path.

The skills factor

Your skills should fit the career field you choose. You may for example, be good at working with your hands while office work may seem like a waste of your talents. The same applies for any career. You may be a detail orientated person and now have to work with people the whole time. Your skills in computers may not be put to good use while you are a marketer. Select a career with your best skills in mind.

Interests

What interests one person, may not apply for the next man in the street. Think about the things you enjoy most and those you hate before you select a career path.

Personality

As discussed earlier, your personality is also important when you select a career path. An extrovert would hardly enjoy writing programming software in solitude, while an introvert will not be happy in an events management job.

Although money is important for financial stability and growth, you will need a lot of it to make you happy if you follow a career that you hate. Keep all the above in mind when you select a career and not just money.