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Following your head v's your heart: career progression

The clock is ticking, and a decision has to be made. So, which do you choose? The logical choice or the emotional one? Do you follow your head or follow your heart?

Research has shown that decisions are made through a combination of both cognition and emotion. Listening to your head may lead to more tangible success, but not following your heart increases the risk of regret.

When asked about decision-making in a recent survey by LinkedIn, an overwhelming majority of people said they follow their head. However, every choice we make involves both emotions and logic. 84% of baby boomers (people aged between 56 -74 years old) , a higher percent compared to millennials and Gen Z'ers, said they follow their head when making general decisions. Various factors may contribute to these results, including self-care, work-life balance, and emotional intelligence becoming pillars in the younger generations - emotion and thought are classed as equals.

When it comes to making the right career decision for you, it’s important to consider what personal and professional aspects are high priorities now, for example, working from home, the chance for progression, salary and also to think of where you see your career going in the future. Discover how to make the right career decision for you by reading the top tips listed below.

Trust your own opinion

Learning to trust and value your own opinion is so important. It puts you in the driver’s seat of your own life and career. Believe in yourself and in your opinions.

Don't rush into a decision - be patient and weigh up your options

Sometimes, of course, you’ll have to make a choice in a limited period of time. But whenever possible, give yourself room to make a good decision. Changing career or jobs impacts a lot of aspects of your life, so ensure to give yourself the time you need to make the right choice.

Believe in the power of positivity

Being positive and optimistic can give your career a real boost, so there’s a lot to be said for it. Doing too much of what you don’t like can set up bad habits that lessen your ability to determine your own likes and dislikes. It’s great to push forward with positivity.

Trust logic decision making

Stop making decisions out of fear. Instead of allowing negative emotions to steer, think of them as a reminder to pause, reflect and re-evaluate your current working situation and if it is the right one for you. Learning to separate your fearful thoughts and feelings from your authentic ones is an important part of learning to trust and follow your heart.



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