When it comes to working in the tech industry, you can expect to earn a solid salary when compared to other business sectors. That said, that salary can be offset by having a job that comes with a great deal of stress. That’s why it’s best that you do yourself and your mental health a favor and look beyond how much you’re earning when considering job offers. Doing so can pay off in multiple ways, some of which you may not realize.
While having health insurance and PTO is great, the new workplace brings with it a new host of benefits waiting to be tapped. For instance, ask if there are stock options available to employees. If you decide to go back to school to expand your tech prowess, will the company offer to help you pay for your tuition? Some companies pay for public transportation passes for employees who take the train or bus to work instead of drive. The number and type of secondary benefits available depend on the company’s budget and resources, so bear in mind that such perks aren’t available everywhere.
According to Hired’s Brand Health Report company culture was the second most important factor job seekers consider when they’re evaluating job opportunities. Without focusing on the tech aspect, what does the company you’re thinking about working with stand for? What are its values and goals beyond being profitable? When your values and passions align with your employer’s, it is that much more of a joy to come to work and give the job your all. What’s more is you’re more likely to remain with that company for a lengthy period of time, just as you’re more likely to remain in a healthy and giving romantic relationship.
Even if your next employer pays you well, imagine there being limited room to advance in both the company and your career. Remaining in a single position or having to wait several years before even being considered for a promotion can lead to complacency and disappointment; your financial obligations are taken care of, but your desires for your career and your life are going unmet.
By opting to work for a company that offers generous career advancement, you have more opportunities to flourish and become the best version of your professional self that you can be. You’re sure to be more challenged, which engages your mind and can be just what you need to feel excited to come to work rather than being weighed down by a feeling of dread.
You should also take into consideration an organization’s work environment and whether it’s a good match for your personality. For instance, while a position may sound great, you and your supervisor may butt heads or rub each other the wrong way through your differences in personality. If you’re more of an introvert, it could be difficult for you to work within a group of extroverts. Your coworkers don’t have to be your best friends, but you should at least be able to stand to spend the workweek with them.
Look beyond dollars signs when deciding on your next tech job. All the money in the world can’t offer complete peace of mind, and taking a cut in pay could make you feel as rich as absolute royalty.