Career Options: Do You Work To Move Up Or Just Move On?
In today’s tough economy, many employers have the mindset that workers should be grateful to even have a job. This has allowed them to feel impunity as they deal with their workers and contractors. “Respect me,” bellow bosses, “or hit the road!” Given the work you’ve put into getting your current job, when is it prudent to work to stay at a company and continue to try to work your way up, and when is it better to move on to something else?
Keep On To Move Up
As your work situation becomes challenging, you need to look realistically at your prospects with the company. What is the true potential for advancement, or is your boss just dangling a carrot in front of your face? You should trust your gut feelings, as well as the hard facts about the number of recent promotions from your department. If there will be a position opening up in the next three to six months at the level where you are looking to move, it may be worth it to ride it out.
Move On To Different Pastures
On the other hand, if you find yourself dreading the workday and enduring hot and cold tirades from your manager, it may be time to move on. Even in a tough economy like this, you do have options. They may not always be greener pastures initially, but sometimes cutting your losses on a ride going nowhere can be the best career decision you’ll ever make.
The important thing to remember in both situations is to avoid being rash or impulsive. You’ve worked hard to build up work relationships, and throwing them away over a perceived, slight impression of attitude may not be worth the potential financial hardship. Run your numbers, consider your options, and make a choice grounded in logic in order to make a decision that is both smart and emotionally healthy for you in the long term.
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