(Closed) How long to stay at the wrong job?

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
9142 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Stay at least a year but there’s nothing wrong with looking now.

Post # 4
2889 posts
Sugar bee

First off, great that you recognize you have a great boss and great company, you are lucky with that. I think your decision depends on how far off from your career you are as well as how difficult it would be to switch now vs. later vs. ever. If you tell me you want to work in an organic farm and are currently working at a chemical company, I think this would be more of a moral issue and would encourage you to leave a company if you don’t believe in what they do. However, if you are an executive assistant in the tech industry but want to be an executive assistant in the magazine industry, I would tell you to stay because the experience will be valuable even in a different industry. So, really without knowing the actual and desired industries it is hard to weigh in. Would you feel comfortable shareing this info, maybe someone working in your desired industry could tell you how important the right experience is. Also, I’m not sure I understand your question, are you in the right industry but wrong position? You mention new job and old job are in the same industry and old job was in teh right industry, if that is the case, I am completely lost.

Post # 7
2183 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

In this day and age (and economy), it’s pretty much accepted that we’ll take the job we can get and keep applying until we get the job we want. I would say there’s no harm to starting the search now– just be careful not to provide your current employer as a reference until you’re far along in the process. Think of it this way, because you are (pretty happily) employed now, you can take the time to find the right job for you– you can be picky about the jobs you apply to. Staying a year at your current job is a nice idea, but it’s not necessary. Especially since you’re just starting out. …my two cents.

Post # 8
300 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Does the company you are working for have the jobs you want? If so, and depending on your relationship with your boss, it might be worth talking to them about it. Part of being a good boss is helping the people who work for you grow. He might be able to help you move in the right direction, or at least help you build some contacts!

Post # 9
8042 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@sayanything:  A year isn’t very long. Three years isn’t very long. If I were you I’d stay in it another six months at least before seriously applying anywhere else. You can look, but experience is everything. No you don’t want to be stuck in something that you don’t really want, but at the same time, especially if you’re young, you are learning a whole bunch of useful, marketable skills, and employers look for longevity. The fact that you’re in the correct industry is excellent. It sounds like you have a good relationship w. your boss, so I’d suggest working HARD at your current job, and having some discussions w. him about where you see your career going, etc.

Take every opportunity to make new contacts, network, etc. Don’t burn any bridges.


Post # 13
5405 posts
Bee Keeper

In this economy, you take a job that pays the bills and puts food on the table. But, don’t hesitate to look and find something you want because you’re afraid of hurting your boss’ feelings. Turnover is to be expected, and employers understand that. 

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