You graduated from college recently and you have a few job prospects lined up. One of them involves working remotely. That remote position pays as much as your other offers, and it involves work you’d genuinely enjoy doing.
But is it really the right career move for you?
Here are some factors to consider when deciding whether to take a remote position right out of college…
Is Working Remotely Really More Flexible?
Working remotely implies that there will be flexibility in your schedule. You don’t have to commute, after all. And you don’t need as much time to get ready in the morning. Just as important, you’re able to set your own start times and breaks as long as you meet deadlines.
From a social aspect, work schedule flexibility might seem ideal to a recent graduate. For some, the rest of their social circle might not have full-time jobs yet. So a flexible schedule might allow you to spend more time with friends.
Furthermore, a more flexible schedule means you may have time to see more of the world. This is especially attractive if you didn’t get to travel while in college. Bonus: with a full-time gig, you now have a larger budget to do so.
However, having a flexible schedule might work against your social life as well. Many remote jobs exist because international companies need workers from all over the world. This means a remote worker’s headquarters might be in another time zone, which could lead to odd-hour deadlines. And on those nights you have to stay up all night working to meet an 8AM deadline? You might find that you can’t spend time with your friends.
So, when considering your social schedule, is this remote position opportunity really going to give you the flexibility you need?
Will Working Remotely Lead to Further Advancement?
Experience and the quality of your work output are often not the only requirements for advancement in your career. Networking is crucial to career advancement as around 85 percent of all jobs are filled via networking. Not all networking is the same, however, so take the time to examine how you can network in your field.
Some fields, such as business and law, require the formation of personal relationships. As such, face-to-face interactions with your coworkers and employers are likely necessary for advancement. These interactions can be difficult to achieve while working from home. So, for some, a remote position is not the best fit.
Conversely, let’s say you’re in a field that involves less direct interaction, such as internet security or web development. Working remotely might provide you with opportunities for advancement. Many companies operate globally, so you might be able to network on a bigger scale than you would with a traditional office job.
Does your career require the formation of traditional in-person relationships? If so, a remote position might not be the best idea right out of college.
Does the Remote Position Really Pay as Much?
Having a steady, quality income is important to recent graduates, especially for those with student loans to pay back. Many remote positions offer salaries that are competitive or even superior to the salaries at traditional in-office jobs. However, it’s important to remember there are other important perks that come with traditional employment.
Many remote positions classify their workers as independent contractors rather than as employees. This helps employers avoid certain costs and fees like health insurance, retirement plans, tuition reimbursement and other forms of compensation. These may seem like inconsequential perks, but they can add up substantially.
For instance, the average cost of an emergency room visit in the United States is $1,233. With health insurance, the cost of an emergency could be reduced or even completely covered. Without insurance, this amount could represent a significant portion of your paycheck.
Do the math concerning your yearly expenses. Is your potential remote income really higher than the income you’d earn as an employee when considering benefits and savings?
Working from home might seem like the ideal situation right out of college. You get to set your own schedule, potentially work on a global scale, and can make good money. However, remote work is not ideal for every recent graduate in every field.
After reading these considerations, does your remote opportunity seem like the ideal fit for you?
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