15 Questions to Guide Career/Company Selection

Choosing the right career or company is a significant decision, and asking yourself thoughtful questions can help you make an informed choice. Here are some great questions to consider:

  1. What are my values and priorities?
    • What matters most to me in a career ( work-life balance, salary, purpose, growth)?
    • Are there any non-negotiable values I want my career and company to align with?
  2. What are my skills and strengths?
    • What are my natural talents and skills?
    • How can I leverage these strengths in my career choice?
  3. What are my passions and interests?
    • What do I genuinely enjoy doing in my free time?
    • Can I turn my hobbies and interests into a career?
  4. What is my long-term career goal?
    • Where do I see myself in 5, 10, or 20 years?
    • Does the career or company I’m considering align with my long-term goals?
  5. What is the company culture like?
    • What kind of work environment do I thrive in (e.g., collaborative, competitive, creative)?
    • Does the company’s culture match my preferences?
  6. What are the growth and advancement opportunities?
    • Is there room for career progression within the company or industry?
    • Does the company invest in employee development and training?
  7. What is the company’s reputation and values?
    • Does the company have a good reputation in its industry and community?
    • Do their values align with mine?
  8. What is the work-life balance like?
    • How much time and energy am I willing to dedicate to my career?
    • Does the company support a healthy work-life balance?
  9. What is the compensation and benefits package?
    • Is the salary competitive for the industry and location?
    • What additional perks or benefits does the company offer?
  10. How does the company handle challenges and adversity?
    • How did the company respond to recent crises or challenges?
    • Do they have a track record of ethical and responsible decision-making?
  11. What are current and former employees saying?
    • Are there online reviews or employee testimonials about the company?
    • Can I connect with current or former employees to gather insights?
  12. Can I see myself thriving in this environment?
    • Do I feel excited and motivated when I imagine myself working there?
    • Can I envision a future where I’m content and successful in this role?
  13. What is the company’s stance on diversity and inclusion?
    • Does the company prioritize diversity and inclusion in its workforce and policies?
    • Is there evidence of a commitment to a diverse and inclusive workplace?
  14. How does the company handle employee well-being and mental health?
    • Does the company have programs or initiatives in place to support employee well-being?
    • Is there a healthy work-life balance and support for mental health?
  15. What is the company’s financial stability and outlook?
    • Is the company financially stable, or are there signs of financial trouble?
    • What is the company’s growth trajectory?
  16. Can I adapt to potential changes in the industry or company?
    • Is the industry evolving rapidly, and am I willing to keep learning and adapting?
    • Can I handle potential changes in the company’s structure or focus?
  17. Have I researched and compared my options thoroughly?
    • Have I explored multiple career paths or companies before making a decision?
    • Am I making an informed choice based on research and self-reflection?

These questions should help you assess whether you align with a particular career or company and make a more informed decision about your professional path. Remember that your answers may evolve over time, so it’s essential to periodically reassess your career goals and values.

By Sh'Maughn Wright, He/Him/His
Sh'Maughn Wright, He/Him/His Career Specialist