At A Career Crossroad? Here Are 7 Key Questions to Consider
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

Throughout one’s career journey there will be ups, downs, transitions and total changes. When a professional reaches a crossroad, it can be difficult to decide the best path to take. One wrong move could impact one’s professional advancement tremendously—good or bad.

So, how do you know whether you’re making a right turn? What determines whether the choice you make will take you to the next level or ten steps backward.

Cash Forshee, a healthcare technology professional, shares her personal story of having to make tough choices in her career. “Staring down my late 20s, I had already faced a fair share of these complicated decisions,” she writes for Brazen Careerist. “One of the most recent came three years after college graduation. I was 25, leading an internal sales consultancy at a publicly traded company. I was fairly happy, well-paid and had opportunities rare for someone my age. Even though I wasn’t looking for a new job, I received an offer to work for a small healthcare startup.”

Forshee goes on to share seven questions that helped her make a pivotal professional move that can help any millennial in doing the same:

1. Does it motivate you to learn something new?
2. Does it push you to learn something about yourself?
3. Does it scare you, just a little?
4. Does it scare your friends and family, just a little more?
5. Does it change the way you evaluate success?
6. Will it surround you with passionate people?
7. Does it excite you to talk about it?

These questions will help you evaluate, along with mentors and advisers, the best decision to make.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.