Blog 3: Finding Security in Work Specificity

Joshua Marszalek

Entering the job world without any idea of what you are doing is a terrifying thought. However, creating a personal criteria to help you understand what would be a perfect fit will help you find more security in whatever specific workplace parameters you put up. Far too often, we are unsure of what would make a good career and do not consider many of the potential factors that go into choosing the outcome of our future. This criteria list will no doubt help you better understand yourself and what you enjoy in a workplace setting. For me, I find financial security and potential for growth to be two very important factors in order to satisfy my current ambitions. With that being said, my criteria involves the following:

Is there any potential for growth in this field?

As a worker, I do not like to stay at the same position for too long. I also want to feel like my contributions to a company are being recognized, which is perhaps the best part of advancement opportunity. A raised salary is always nice, but I never want to feel like the work I do is meaningless.

Do you have a specific preference on the speed of your workday?

For me, I like excitement and unpredictability. Whenever I have very little to do or have to just sit at my desk, I get incredibly bored very quickly. Constantly having new things to do and goals to reach are what make me enjoy a workplace environment. However, that does not mean that I enjoy simple busy work. This goes back to wanted to feel like my input is valued.

Do you prefer to work for a small business or would you enjoy a large corporation more?

Easily a small business. When I think of working for a corporation, I always imagine monotonous workdays with a manager breathing down my neck giving me sometimes pointless tasks. For me, I would much rather prefer to enhance my community while working for a small business than meeting a global demand with a corporation.

How much do you desire to be paid for your salary?

The easy answer to this question would be seven figures, but that is not a completely realistic answer. Knowing that work experience and higher education can provide me with a six-figure salary, I would prefer that level of compensation. However, sometimes a salary like that is not obtainable in certain professions so I would just go for the best salary option possible.

Would you like your employer to help pay for education?

No, I would not. Since I want to have a high paying job, obtaining higher education is my first priority. By that point, I would feel like it would be wasting valuable business resources. This could seriously hurt my employment in the future, especially if I choose to work for a small business.

What management style would you prefer to work under?

I hate being micro-managed, so a more relaxed management setting would be a great fit for me. When I have someone over my shoulder constantly telling me what to do, it is very frustrating. So the only type of management that I would want to work under would be the kind that trusts me to do the tasks associated with the job without holding my hand.

Is staying with the same company your entire career a possibility?

I am inclined to say no. I want to work at many different businesses in my career in order to truly experience the career that I enjoy. I feel like working at the same place my entire life provides great security, but putting security in your hands and knowing you will be fine with ambition is a great way to live. It would be like living in the same house my entire life.

Would that mean international work would be a possibility?

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I would love to work in an international career. I already love to travel, so doing it for work would not hurt my interest in the slightest. I think international work would be a fantastic way to expand my mind and meet a lot of new people from around the world. My family used to do a lot of travelling across the world when I was younger and it always excited me. Going international for a job sounds like and awesome opportunity.

Does a company’s vision have any impact on working for them?

I would say so to an extent. I would not want to work for an organization that practices irregular and dishonest practices, but political alignments and mission statements do not really interest me much. As far as I am concerned, I go to work to do work and provide a better life for me and those around me. If my actions align with those goals, then its a great thing. However, I would not turn down more money from a company that has less of an impact on political or worldwide events.

Where would you like to work?

If I did not have an inclination to travel and work in other countries, I would choose Charlotte or Raleigh. I grew up in Charlotte for my entire life and it is a bustling city with so much opportunity for someone like myself. Raleigh has the same level of job opportunity so either city would work just fine for me. I love North Carolina so I would ideally want to stay here if I had a job that kept me here.

What kind of coworkers do you enjoy? What kind of coworker do you dislike?

The kind of coworker that I like is one that comes in every day ready to work and take things seriously while also being able to have fun and do things with a smile on their face. Being able to work in a team setting with pleasant coworkers would be a great experience. The kind of coworker that I do not like is one that is too quiet or does not have a smile on their face when they conduct tasks. Having fun is a huge component of living a happy life.

Are you willing to commute for work? If so, what distance are you willing to commute?

When it comes to commuting, I would like my commute to last no more than half an hour. However, working in a city would make this almost impossible. This is especially true if I do not live in the city. I would like my commutes to be limited to transportation by car or by walking, no train or bicycle.

What size team do you prefer to work with?

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For me, I prefer to work with others. I am not very big on working by myself because I do not think it allows for a maximization of ideas and work. When you work in small teams or very large teams, you are able to bounce ideas off of each other and create a much stronger final product than you could by yourself. So I would say working with the biggest team possible would be my ideal team size.

What kind of benefits do you value the most?

For me, a job that has a lot of benefits is always a good choice to pick from. I think vacation days are the most valuable benefit that you can have from a job. Bonuses are nice, but having days off are precious when it comes to working a job every day of the week. That is why I value vacation days the most, especially when it comes to physical and mental health.

Does this company offer any retirements bonuses?

Choosing a company that offers retirement bonuses is an essential part of the career selection process. If I ever chose to stay at a company for my entire life, those benefits would rack up and provide me with a lot of financial security. However, I do not plan to be at the same company my entire life. Having an option like this is always a nice thing to have, so I would say having a retirement bonus available is a must for a future career.

5 Replies to “Blog 3: Finding Security in Work Specificity”

  1. Hello! I did not even think about the question on if I would prefer a small business or big corporation. I like that you took that into account because it honestly can be super super important! I worked for a restaurant (a large corporation), and I hated it! I worked there for two years, and it was so clear that all they cared about was the profits and not at all about their employees. However, now I work for a family, and they actually genuinely care about me (and their other employees) and take really good care of them. Sometimes a “how is everything going?” goes a long way. I also agree that it’s important to have the ability to grow in a business (especially if you’re starting at a lower level in a company). I personally felt like if I started close to the top, it wouldn’t be as important to grow. For example, if you’re a head manager, would you still want room to grow? What ways could you grow? (Just curious about your thoughts.) I also prefer to work with others! You considered some great different perspectives on what to consider when choosing a workplace!

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  2. While I am by no means an expert on the subject, I do believe you’re selling yourself incredibly short on benefits that you can receive from your employer. Benefits go far beyond bonuses and vacation days, there is medical insurance, PTO, etc. just to name a couple very common ones. Additionally, if a company is willing to invest hundreds of thousands in you to get you a higher education I do not understand why you would say no to that free education. Perhaps this is a fundamental disagreement but I feel that throwing away that education or turning it down would be a huge mistake, its essentially flushing inordinate amounts of free money down the toilet as well as thousands (potentially much MUCH more) in future earnings that you WONT earn without the degree/certification they’re paying for. I would particularly urge you to reconsider you stance on that but I can understand if more schooling just is not within your realm of consideration as graduate school for me is also intimidating. Regardless, best of luck!

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  3. Hey Joshua! You brought up a ton of great ideas and enlightened me to things like retirement bonuses and how the companies values impact me but what I found more in line with me was how you really enjoy unpredictability in the workplace. I would love the opportunity to wake every morning and not know what the day has in store for me rather than waking up and going to my 9 to 5 every day with no end in sight. I creates excitement for me and don’t think most people think this same way.

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  4. Hi Joshua,
    I enjoyed reading through all your criteria. it is interesting to see where different people stand with their desires for their careers. I especially liked your question regarding growth in a specific workplace. I often forget to think long-term when looking for jobs because coming right out of college it just seems nice to secure a job and have an income. However, you made some great points about growth in specific positions and making sure you understand if staying at one company is what you want long-term or if you would like to move around and explore various career options.

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  5. I also would prefer to have a more relaxed office environment. I tend to get very frustrated when I have someone micromanaging me as well, so I definitely see where you’re coming from. I honestly didn’t even consider retirement bonuses when I was writing my article, definitely a good idea!

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