People pretending to want a career when actually all they want are pay checks

Let’s start by agreeing our working tables (desks) have computers on them, not swords. And that we’re not surrounded by knights and lead by King Arthur. So most of us do what we do to earn money, not for glory and the greater good.
That’s the reality.

Money is almost never an issue to focus on when I’m presenting an opportunity. The jobs I offer come with at least on par if not (most of the time) better financial benefits. With this out of the way, let’s focus other things than money.

As a recruiter, one of my sine-qua-non rules is to offer those I contact better alternatives compared to what they currently have. I call them “upgrades”. One of the benefits of such an upgrade is career wise progress.  By progress I mean better companies, better projects to work on, good people to work with, chances to develop unexplored skills, etc. The all-around prospect of building towards your career.

Now here’s the (not so) funny part: everyone’s telling me they look forward to progress. And yet, many of whom I present with a career opportunity reject it.  It’s not about the money. What’s it about, then?

May it be the unknown? Still, one can ask around if uncertain, never-mind drawing a conclusion themselves.
Maybe it’s nice and warm where they are. There’s an established food chain, they know their place in the hierarchy.
So really now, why bother changing things and starting as the new fish?

And then there’s the actual transition from stating the desire to learn something new to actually put effort in learning it. You know, things like new year’s resolutions when so many promise something to themselves, but never quite get to do it. Because of [insert_good_and_justified_reason_here].

A bird in hand is worth two in the bush. The Devil you know is better than the one you don’t. Do these sound familiar?
It seems being utterly afraid of change and of taking the smallest of risks has been well present in human societies.
So present, that we’ve made up nice sayings to sanctions up our fears, to validate our incapacity of progressing.

It’s in anyone’s own right to decide what to do, to overcome their fears or not. But at the same time it’s unprofessional to pretend you have a particular mind set when actually yours is a completely different one.

So please, if it’s not a career you want just say so. It’s nothing to be embarrassed of.
Don’t project a false image by declaring you wish to progress just to make others think highly of you / make you feel better about yourself. Unjustifiably backing up when you get the chance to do so (basically get what you wished for) will make you bare the mark of hypocrisy.

“If you don’t go ater what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” (Nora Roberts)

This piece is not about someone quitting their job just for the sake of any offer that comes their way.
It’s only to encourage overcoming fears that may result in losing great opportunities.
Doing this is likely to be more helpful towards building one’s career.


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