Post # 1
Let’s say you don’t hate your job (but you don’t really like it) and you make decent money (decent being relative to your situation- you’re not rich, but you’re able to cover your bills and have some left over). Your boss loves you, and if you make a mistake, you have no fear for your job because you do so much and because you’re integral to the company. Unless the company goes under, you have no chance of losing your job.
But, there is no room for advancement. You might get a little raise here and there, or a bonus, but you are never getting promoted. There’s nowhere for you to go.
Along comes a job opportunity with tons of room for growth/advancement and more money (say like 10-20%- not a huge leap, but a noticeable jump), and a more interesting job description. That being said, you are the low man on the totem pole and if they have to downsize or you make a costly mistake- you could be out of a job. Not to mention it would be learning new material and mistakes ARE going to be made, and you don’t deal with criticism all that well?
How do you decide if the risk is worth it? It’s better than it’s been in years, but it’s still a tough economy for job searchers in my field.
Post # 3
You have confidence in your abilities and skills and take the job.
For me a career is about growth and learning and staying in a job with no advancement and doing the same thing day in and out is not fun.
Risk and reward go hand in hand. This is a calculated risk.
And having been through many restructurings and layoffs etc, no job is safe despite what you think. I have seen people in jobs that were integral to company’s disappear overnight.
Post # 4
I think the risk is worth it. You said that you don’t really like your job — that’s reason enough right there to move on. And your new job will give you a pay increase, so it’s a win-win. There’s ALWAYS risk involved with jobs… you could lose any job at any time (well, almost any job, I guess). I would just take it and hope for the best. You KNOW where your current job will lead you — why not see where this other one goes?
Post # 5
I agree with both of you. I was pretty shocked when my husband asked why I don’t just stay with my job. It’s very flexible- we have a one year old daughter and my boss is super accomodating if I need to leave in the middle of the day to pick her up from daycare when she’s sick or leave early to take her to appts and such. My husband cannot get any time off work so it has to be me.
His basic thought is why rock the boat for an extra 10%? I thought he was being unsupportive and basically telling me to stay at a dead end job because it’s safe. Just wondered what other people thought.