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Am I crazy to be genuinely considering leaving at the moment?

 
#1 Am I crazy to be genuinely considering leaving at the moment?
22/01/2009 10:38

Augustine

Hi all,

Just interested in your opinions. I work for ACN and have done for 2 years. I am a consultant and am considering leaving the firm in the next 3-6 months. My plan is to travel for 3-6 months after leaving before settling in a foreign land (Oz or Canada), in which I will search for another role.

In an ideal world I will be offered voluntary redundancy but obviously this is by no means a certainty.

So over to you. Am I crazy to be leaving my job in the current climate?

I believe my role to be secure as I was rated very highly so I don't expect to be at risk with the firm, especially considering there are many more people with lower ratings/bench etc than me.

Should I stay until the economy picks up and then consider my 'abroad' options.

Your advoce will as eveb be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

A

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#2 RE: Am I crazy to be genuinely considering leaving at the moment?
22/01/2009 11:32

Anon to Augustine (#1)

I'm there too, also 2 yrs but analyst

If it helps, my plan is to wait it out this year and to see if there is any more VR then to go.

I'd hate to leave then a month later the VR is announced again as happened to some of my mates last year!

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#3 RE: Am I crazy to be genuinely considering leaving at the moment?
22/01/2009 12:29

Gunslinger to Augustine (#1)

I would advise against leaving your role. A few reasons:

1. The economy , obviously, is bad even in canada/aust

2. You have little experience. 2-3 yrs is simply not enough in this climate. Employers are looking for experienced candidates ( at least 5 yrs).

3. You really need FULL work visa to be taken seriously. You cannot relocate and then tell employers you want to change your visa status. The number of employers willing to sponsor you are almost 0 with 2-3 yrs experience.

4. The 3-6 month 'vacation' between jobs will be tough to justify - they want to see that you actually did something constructive in this time period other than just vacationing ( e.g. volunteering while on vacation, etc).

5. Both aust and canada are very expensive, and your savings will run out in no time.

Your best bet would be to express your interest in working overseas whilst at your current company. This might take some time, but at least you will have a job during that time.

Just another note, no one really cares how highly rated ACN , or any other company, may rate you during the perf reviews. This will not be asked, nor will it likely come up in any interviews. Dont bank on your ratings...the interviewer will make up their own mind ( in usually 10 min or less) just how good you really are. Thus, more than any other skill, communication is by far the most important.

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#4 RE: Am I crazy to be genuinely considering leaving at the moment?
23/01/2009 08:15

anon to Augustine (#1)

See if you can arrange a sabbatical with acn. Good for you (time off) good for them (keep a strong person in reserve).

Re. the travelling - just having a big holiday is fine with most people (wouldn't they like to do it?). OK, very top tier (strats, bschools) may take different view, but acn types would have no problem with this.

Of course, if you find that you like the places you visit, you can always then resign and move permanently.

Leaving straight out would be a bit risky, though (for reasons mentioned). Would have been fine a couple of years ago...

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