I’ve been working my way through the archives of Andrew Chen’s blog and came across this old post today, Taking a vacation is a productivity tool.
Andrew gives some great questions for someone in an early career crisis to ask himself about his job:
Rob, a wise and all-around nice guy, challenged me to think of the following, in regards to my professional life:
- Am I getting challenged/pushed on a regular basis by my current job?
- Am I continuing to develop new skills or augment my current skills?
- Am I broadening the number of interesting people with whom I interact with and who will be valuable for networking as my career progress?
He also noted that within these questions, he specifically left financial rewards off. He said, for someone who is young and thinking through these questions, financial rewards will come – instead, focus on learning.
I might add “Am I building something lasting?” as number four.