Does Money Really Matter?

Mel1When was the last time you asked yourself, what do I want to do with my life?

With the beginning of a new year, comes ideas, thoughts and a lot of goal setting. We spend time reflecting on the year gone, lost opportunities and how this year will be better – but do we really take stock on where we are and where we are going? Think back to when you were due to finish school. There were some people lucky enough to have a passion early on that they wanted to pursue. This meant choosing a uni degree, apprenticeship or specific training needed and could walk into their ideal profession. The rest of us started from the ground up and through hard work and occasionally a bit of luck, have landed the positions we are in today.

Many of us have aspirations to be a manager, team leader or specialist in our field. We may set goals and objectives regarding additional training or courses we would like to do, but what are some of the other things that are important to us? As life goes on our priorities change and what may have seemed like the perfect job 12 months to 3 years ago may not suit you now.

During the interview process I often ask my candidates what are the 5 things that are important to you when looking for a new job. But what might surprise most of you, is that money is never top of the list. Work life balance, career progression, organisation culture/values, interesting project or work, training and development are all things that can turn an average opportunity into the ideal role. Also when I speak with candidates who are considering leaving their current position it’s usually one of these things that are missing that makes them want to find a new position.

I’m not suggesting you pack your stuff this afternoon and jump into something completely different but it’s worth taking the time to think about what is important to you.