How to Decide on a Job Offer

So you applied for a new position. And they’ve offered you the job! Here’s what to consider beyond compensation and health benefits when making the leap from one position to another.

  1. Is there opportunity for growth?

Consider your current opportunities for growth and compare them to your current opportunities. Not sure what the opportunities will be? Ask the hiring manager for more information, or ask if you can take a look at the organizational chart – you’ll be able to research the individuals in management positions and get an idea of their trajectories through the organization.

  1. Will the position help you reach your short and long-term goals?

It’s easy to get blinded by a fancy new title or salary. But will the new role actually contribute to your career goals? It’s important to consider your development and how that will be influenced by the new position compared to your current position to ensure an educated decision.

  1. Are there opportunities for professional development?

Compensation and benefits aside, more organizations are offering professional development opportunities. Not only will a new position provide you with new skills and on-site training, there may be coverage for external training or professional development. Some companies even help pay for programs like the EMBA.

  1. Does the office culture match your own values?

Job description aside, is this new work environment going to be satisfying for you on a day-to-day basis?Office culture is such a vital piece of the job satisfaction puzzle – if you’re happy at work, you’re more likely to do a good job, and more likely to demonstrate your potential. This will contribute to your career advancement in the long-run, which could mean it’s the right role for you.

Consider the Alberta MBA to accelerate your career. To find out more about the MBA, check out our website. If you would like to discuss the program or arrange to meet with an advisor, email us mba@ualberta.ca

Original post on our Executive MBA blog page.

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