(Closed) Vent: Sigh…realized I’ve hit the “glass ceiling” at work

posted 8 years ago in Career
Post # 3
191 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I know exactly how you feel. Sigh.

Post # 4
1288 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

That’s a tough situation to be in, but your title is a little misleading! Glass ceilings have to do with gender and racial discrimination and this doesn’t sound like that at all.

A lot of times positions like that are just springboard jobs. They don’t expect to keep you forever since there’s no where to advance. So put out your feelers! There are still some opportunities out there.

Post # 5
2392 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I don’t know that it’s a glass ceiling so much as an organization where there’s no real path upward.  My last job was like that… there were about 15 people in the same position as me, working as internal contacts for clients.  There were a lot of people who’d been there a couple years, done really well, but there wasn’t anywhere to promote them to.  Very, very rarely they would start to do more external work with prospects, but for the most part the external people were much more established and came from other businesses.

What I found is that a lot of people used that time to get good work experience, make contacts, start going to business school at night.  Some people left to go to business school full-time.  But almost everyone left eventually – it was a good place to work and good experience, but no one really stayed more than 2-3 years because it was hard to make more of it. 

It sounds like your job is like that… take what you’re getting out of it now, but start looking at what the path to more responsibility would look like outside the organization.  Is there a degree you can be working on?  Other companies in similar industries where you can transfer what you’ve learned to a more vertical path?  A lot of times in this day and age, career growth requires a move to a new company, which is annoying.  It doesn’t mean get fed up and quit, just start looking for a promotion on your own.

Post # 6
1580 posts
Bumble bee

The term “glass ceiling” generally refers to being held back from advancement due to some discrimination. Do you feel that or is it just the organization of the company?

Either way, I think it is always wise to keep current with your industry and know what positions are open or will be opening in your company and others so you can plan your next career move. It could be as simple as just signing up for career builder job alerts based on your qualifications and interests. Good luck 🙂

Post # 7
333 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Months? Try years.  I have nowhere here to go but out.  I haven’t had a raise since 2006 despite completing grad school and taking on new responsabilities. It bothers me, but I do still like my job, even though always doing the same things is really getting to me lately.  At least I can see a change in the future: FI’s contract at the university is up at the end of July, so he’s looking for another job (professoring or “real world”).  Our most likely lead right now is Denver.  So I just keep telling me that it will look good on a resume when Fiance finds a new job and we move…

Post # 8
1042 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

It sounds like we’re in a little bit of a similar situation, I’m kind of in a rut too at my job and I’m not sure whether to look outside the company or wait here for something.

Can I ask a few questions? What size of organization are you in? Is there any way you can talk to other people in your organization who are maybe in places you’d like to go to get ideas and advice on ways you can prepare yourself for a future position?


Post # 9
806 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m in the same boat at my company – so, I’m looking for outside opportunities and will take one as soon as a good fit comes along. 

Not all companies are like that so you should vote w/ your feet.

Post # 10
454 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Me too, just don’t talk yourself into staying.  I stayed for an additional two years, and now I’m a resentful, unproductive human being.  Thankfully I am putting notice in next week though.

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