A Weekly Q&A Column About Professionalism, Etiquette and Problems in the Workplace
by Sue Morem
Making a Major Career Move
Dear Sue: I currently am employed full time with a company that
pays me a meager salary considering my experience and qualifications. For
some reason I seem to accept and work at positions that do not meet my
educational background or tap into my potential. In other words, I keep
selling myself short when it comes to finding a good and lucrative career.
I am planning on becoming pregnant soon. Before I do I would like to be
settled in a better job and establish myself in a career. I recently got
my license to sell real estate, and have been offered a position as an
agent. I am nervous and torn as to whether or not real estate is for me.
My current position has a set schedule and is a salaried position without
a chance for much variety or a pay increase. Working in real estate would
offer me the opportunity to have a flexible schedule as well as an
opportunity to earn a great paycheck. Iíve been offered a position that
would pay me a draw against commission. Receiving a draw would relieve me
of lot of stress about making money. The way I see it, my income can only
increase. However, I would have to work some weekends and evenings, which
would interfere with my personal life. How do I decide if a career in real
estate is for me?
Sue Says: There is no perfect choice or magical way of knowing.
If you stay where you are, you continue to sell yourself short and know
what to expect. If you leave and pursue real estate, you wonít have as
much structure, which you may or may not like and you are entering
uncharted territory. Some people thrive on stability and predictability,
while others flourish when presented with the challenge of the unknown.
You are considering two unknowns Ė becoming pregnant and having a child,
and a career in real estate. Both have enormous responsibility and will
change your life. I recommend that you pursue one at a time rather than
both simultaneously, which could very easily and understandably overwhelm
The only way you will ever know for sure if real estate is for you is
to give it a try. I sense you want to go for it, but are afraid. What have
you got to lose? The worst thing that can happen is that it doesnít work
out. People experiment with different jobs all the time. Deciding it isnít
what you want doesnít have to be a negative or reflect your ability. You
can always try something else or go back to a more structured job.
Youíve already begun the process of moving into real estate by getting
your license. If you are nervous about quitting your job too soon, perhaps
you can slowly work into the real estate position by working evenings and
weekends until you have a better feel for the business. If you donít give
it a try, you will always wonder what might have been, and may end up
regretting your decision and resenting your job.
The decision is yours, but if you want some encouragement, youíve got it;
go for it!
Sue Morem is a professional speaker, trainer and syndicated columnist. She
is author of the newly released
101 Tips for Graduates and
How to Gain the Professional Edge, Second Edition. You can contact her by email at
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