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Can you decline a new role and still be committed to your career?

Saying no to a promotion is a difficult scenario. After all, isn’t career success defined by job size – the bigger the better?

Not necessarily. With a shift in traditional career patterns, increased remote working and a clearer focus on work-life integration, the “top job” no longer fits into everyone’s career trajectory.

The reasons vary. Lifestyle can be a significant factor. Senior roles come with heightened responsibility and less opportunity to switch off. Time is a commodity which for some is more valuable than the salary and status that come with seniority.

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