Sacrifices needed to progress your career

Technology has opened a multitude of doors for career opportunity and progression. The aspirations of Generation Y and Z far exceed those of their parents, yet the hard work and sacrifices needed to progress your career are often overlooked and misapprehended. For most, it becomes apparent sooner or later that there is a trade off when it comes to professional growth.

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It’s important to ask yourself what you are willing to sacrifice or change in your lifestyle to get where you want to be. Here are a few of the most common sacrifices worth considering:

Your free time

Getting those extra hours in is the most common sacrifice to get noticed. There are never enough hours in the day, so allowing work to creep into your evenings and weekends is sometimes inevitable to help meet those deadlines. This can help boost your reputation, but it’s important to know when to go back to normality, or whether the overtime is expected day to day?

Your sleep

Having to wake up earlier / go to bed later to get in those extra hours, or to simply arrive on time to a new job could take a little getting used to. Try not to burn the candle at both ends as it will simply make your days unfocused and unproductive, requiring even more time in the office to get things done. Give yourself a switch off time, and make the bedroom a ‘tech free zone’ to give your mind time to switch off before hitting the pillow. If you’re buzzing with things that need to be done, leave a pad and pen by your bed to write down any of those “must do’s” and ideas that pop into your head when you’re trying to doze off.

Your position

Sometimes taking a side step is the only way to move up the ladder. Most people just look up and don’t see the potential opportunities that lay to either side of them. This is particularly evident for people working for small companies where progression isn’t possible. Taking a side step into a bigger firm may seem to hold you back in the short term, but opens more doors in the long run.

If you’re looking for a complete career change, you may even need to consider taking a step back to get into the field you want. Once you’re there, your transferable skills should drive you up quicker than most.


‘We all live under the same sky, but we don’t all have the same horizon.”  – Konrad Adenauer


Your salary

Sacrificing your position typically comes hand-in-hand with a salary cut. Yeah, yeah, we can say money isn’t everything, but you do need to survive and enjoy life. Looking at your outgoings and trying to reduce any overzealous expenditure can quickly ease the pressure off a drop in your income.

Your home

When a new opportunity presents itself, it may well require you to relocate, sacrificing your home, family and friends. This is a biggie, so it’s important to consider all the factors involved in relocation. See our relocation blog to find out whether relocating for a new job is worth it.

Your relationships

If you’re spending more time in the office, this inevitably means less time for family and friends. Relocating for a new job will also require you to build new relationships and work harder to maintain the old ones. Your progression up the ladder could also cause tensions among colleagues, whether you move into a management role or simply get promoted before they do.

Your commute

The average commute is 63 minutes. Whether you need to use the train, drive, walk, bus or cycle, you shouldn’t see your commute as a bad thing. It may be a sacrifice on your sleep, but it could be great for your productivity. See our commuter blog for making the most of your commute.


There is nothing wrong with being ambitious. Everyone has different aspirations and different sacrifices they are willing to make to succeed. Here at GB Solutions we pride ourselves in seeing potential and putting our candidates forward jobs that they otherwise wouldn’t consider. We have a huge range of senior level roles that are just waiting for someone to jump up into them. If you think you’re ready for a step up, contact one of our consultants today on 01452 412999.

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