Don’t be afraid of negotiating a contract.

It is important to understand that contracts are not produced by a monstrous Great Printer in the Sky that forbids any modification of its terms. In fact, every contract will have certain negotiable aspects. However, employment agreements, as with most contracts, are written in a somewhat strange and often hard-to-read language that can be tough to understand if you’re not a lawyer. Regardless, you should read the employment agreement anyways as part of your professional education process. Chances are, you’ll be seeing many contracts in your career, whether in the form of a subsequent buy/sell agreement, participation contracts with payers, building and equipment leases, loan documents, and other such situations. The more documents you read, the more comfortable you’ll become with them.