More Than Just a Pay Check

More than just a paycheck-01By Emilee Smith G’16

As a student, it’s sometimes hard to imagine that school will end and that you will in fact have a job. Whether it’s a job or internship though, there are a lot of things to consider before agreeing to an employment position.

While our first thought tends to revolve around the pay involved, there are a lot of other factors to consider that should play a part in your decision-making process.

To name a few…

  1. Benefits. If you are accepting a full-time job, then you want to inquire about benefits including (but not excluded to) insurance packages, retirement, vacation days and opportunities for development, such as workshops and seminars.
  1. Personal Development. Aside from inquiring about workshops and seminars, ask yourself, will this job challenge me and enhance my career? One way to ensure a strong career trajectory is by constantly gaining new and challenging experiences. It’s OK to have 10 different jobs, but it’s not necessarily OK to work the same job 10 times.
  1. Flexibility. Assess how flexible your employer is in regards to sick days and unexpected emergencies. Also, if you are planning to have a child in the foreseeable future, ask about maternity and paternity leave.
  1. Workplace Culture. When you are interviewing with different organizations, take in your surroundings. Is this a place you can see yourself working for? Consider the atmosphere as well the way employees are interacting with one another. Also consider the company values and whether or not they align with your own.

There are many other factors that go in to accepting a job, or not. When you begin to evaluate your options and job offers ask yourself, “what’s important to me?”

These are just some of the items that you may find important in your decision about a company and job. To discuss others, call us at 315-443-3616 to schedule an appointment.