By | Nell Wulfhart | www.themuse.com
When it comes to a “safe” job versus a “dream” job, it can be hard to turn down the first if there’s no guarantee of the second.
So, the question becomes: If you get an offer that you’re not too excited about, should you take it, or keep looking?
The answer really depends on your situation. There are circumstances in which it makes sense to say “yes:” whether it’s for experience, much-needed cash, or because it’s a stepping stone to a career you do love.
Remember: Not every job needs to be your dream job, but every new position should offer some advantage over your current role.
Here’s your guide to deciding if an only somewhat exciting offer is worth taking.
Yes if: It Will Help You Achieve Big Goals Down the Line
If it’s common practice in your industry to pay your dues with a not-so-great role for a couple of years, then you probably need to accept it for a bit—just make sure it’s part of a larger plan.
No if: You’re Delaying Important Goals by Taking It
If your life’s ambition is to be a designer, and what you’re being offered is a social media manager position (with no chance of changing roles later on), it’s probably in your best interest to turn it down.