Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Should I do this?

When I told my dad I didn't get my boss's job, his answer was to start trying to find a new one. I told him I didn't want to for blah blah blah reasons and his answer was "It's your life." Is this something I should now be doing? I don't want to leave a job I mostly enjoy, an environment I enjoy, people I enjoy just because of a knee-jerk reaction to a disappointment. But is it stupid of me to stick around? Matty P seems to think it is. So does my father. Am I completely off base with wanting to stay?

3 comments:

Peeved Michelle said...

I would start looking around, too. It doesn't mean you are going to find something and quit your job within the next month, but five years is an unacceptable amount of time to make the next move in your career - a move you are ready to make now. Look around and see what's out there.

Stephen said...

The best question to ask yourself is:
"Why do I want to stay?"

I think it makes a lot of sense to be thoughtful and considerate when considering career transitions. I don't think you are off-base at all wanting to stay, but I have only read your reasoning on your blog.

If you are staying because of a better commute, better teamwork, personal growth, fair pay, and good dancing digs, then great.

If you are staying because the local cafeteria serves tomato soup on Thursdays, then maybe M & Pop are on to something :)

It is worth pointing out that you can often get better growth opportunities by casualling [or even explicitly] letting your boss that you aren't dispensable and you would leave if they don't value your contribution.

Putnawa said...

First off, Mr. Britches, I'm on to something even if she's staying for much better reasons than tomato soup Thursdays in the cafeteria.

Michelle more fully articulated my point, however. Five years is too long to wait for a career move you're already ready for so start looking now. You know you're ready for a move, just take your time and find the move that will get you to a better position than the one you're in now.

What did you share with the person looking for cheese?