Management Managing Yourself


July 27, 2016

Some decisions are better than others, and there are the right ones.  When you are looking at your career or even considering switching professions there will be thousands of moments requiring bold decisions. And all of them with strings attached – the consequences.

I remember sitting one day back in 2010 by the Thames river in London, over thinking my head on what should I do. After graduating with MA, I was offered my first full-time position. The only problem was that they did not offer me the money I wanted. I did not even offer me the kind of remuneration I could sustain myself. Instead they offered me something else – the experience. Six years on and billions of other decisions wiser, working at a different company I can say it was the right decision I could take at that time. I have analysed the pros and cons and went with the decision which would benefit me most in the long-term. I was very cautious of the fact that I had to take one step back to move three steps ahead in the future. I have never regretted the decision.

Especially when you are at the beginning of your career remember one thing: short-term does not matter. Go for a long run instead. Should I go into different direction with my career? Should I accept this offer? Should I quite my job to focus on doing what I really love? These are not easy decisions unless you are sitting on a million pounds cash pile. It is important to think strategically. Maybe you will only see the benefits of your decision in 2 years time but I can tell you time will pass. Be hungry for tomorrow. 

In these 6 years I managed to increase my salary considerably. I was able to do it because I did not go for the immediate benefits that other companies may have been offering. Instead I stayed focus on the direction I wanted my career to take with a razor-like precision. What it easy? Not at all. Was it worth it? Absolutely!

Do not jump into the first basket of fruits someone is offering you. Instead have the courage to jump into an empty basket but with a fertile soil. 

Agata founded Prospectus to share inspiration and her managerial experience as a way of encouraging others not to be afraid to take executive decisions in both their professional and private life. Launched in December 2015, Prospectus is a growing collection of conversations around management, leadership, personal finance & professional attire.

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  • Reply Emilia Lis August 28, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    Everything depends on the situation you are at this specific moment. If you are able to risk because you have enough money for living or you have no family etc. experience should be on the top. Everything changes when you have to think about family, house, being right here and now.

    • Reply Agata Lemos August 29, 2016 at 6:30 pm

      Absolutely! To some extend we are victims of our own circumstances but this should not be an excuse and whenever possible I still recommend long-term v short-term thinking.

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