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What is your next career move? What do you want from your career, or from your next career? Whether you’re in your first job or tenth, or your first career or fifth, the tantalizing thought of “what if?” can glitter in the distance.

For better or worse, there is comfort in the status quo. We slide into a daily, weekly and annual routine with familiar challenges, experiences and responses. There are predictable rewards and predictable frustrations. And on a day when the frustrations run high, the “what if?” thoughts percolate to the surface.

What if you changed organizations? What if you changed industries? What if your changed your career altogether? The possibilities are enough to get your head spinning and heart pounding. Take control of your career.

Whether or not you’re actively considering a career move, spend some time in reflection. Explore your priorities, values and goals. Know what is right for you, and use this to guide your career decisions. Consider the following key questions:

7 Questions to Ask Yourself:

  • What do you love to do? What energizes you? What activities engage you so deeply that you lose the sense of time?
  • What are you passionate about? What motivates you to action and commitment?
  • What is your skill set? How effectively is it being used in your position? Do you care?
  • How important to you is work-life balance?
  • How important to you are opportunities for personal growth?
  • What level of income do you require? Why?
  • What is your vision for your future lifestyle and career?

In evaluating a career move, consider the following:

6 Key Career Move Questions:

  • How will this position bring you satisfaction? Why?
  • What are the dissatisfiers? Why?
  • How well does the position fit the profile you created above?
  • What are the tradeoffs?
  • What options does this position open up, and what options does it close?
  • How does the new opportunity compare to your current status?

You can’t have it all. By definition, you can’t concurrently stay in the same place and step into something new. Know yourself. Explore the possibilities. And step into those opportunities that are right for you.