8. This Job's Not Going to Get You Where You Want to Go
Pretty much every piece of career advice we've ever come across recommends you develop a five-year plan. We hear about them constantly, but how many of us actually have one? Where do you see yourself in five years? Is this job going to get you there? These are big scary questions to contemplate, and many of us would sooner turn on Game of Thrones and pop a beer when we get home than consider where we are going in life. Of course, you have to remember that if you don't think about where you're going, you're never going to get there.
At every job you're going to have, you'll see people take promotions that take them further away from what they want to be doing. Actresses who tire of waiting tables take restaurant management jobs. Phenomenal salesmen take a pay cut to climb the corporate ladder, leaving behind commission for salary. Teachers move into administration for that tasty pay bump. There is nothing wrong with taking a promotion or working a job that is more the best available option than the best fit, but be aware of the costs versus the benefits. More money usually means spending more time at the office. More time at the office usually means less time to work toward your goals. Nothing comes without a price.