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Should I get another job?

 
#1 Should I get another job?
21/01/2011 00:32

ABCD

A question as to whether i should stay or seek employment elsewhere.

My situation is that i am currently working for a government unit that provides me stability, flexibility and ,perhaps suprisingly, a very competitve salary. The downside is that, being government, there is not much room for career growth ( promotions etc).

My wife, on the other hand, is in exactly the opposite situation: she works for a respected consulting outfit and has the career progression, but her salary is almost half of mine and her company recently instituted the dreaded 'up- or-out' policy.

The issue is that i am actually quite gung-ho in my career and need to progress and take risks.

I cant see that happening in a govt outfit. Should i move? i continually tell myself to NOT move because there is quite a bit of uncertainty in my life at the moment ( residence, location, mortgage etc), and the stability, flexibility, good boss/team and salary that i currently enjoy help me immensely manage that uncertainty. However, i have been in the situation for a while now and dont see any quick ways to reduce uncertainties , thus am pondering if to chance my arm elsewhere.

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#2 RE: Should I get another job?
21/01/2011 08:25

Mars A Day to ABCD (#1)

In my view the market is not yet strong enough to justify taking this kind of risk given your situation. Start with where you are - set up some conversations with your senior managers, talk to them about wanting to add more value/take on more stretching challenges. Chances are there are opportunities in house but you need to push for them.

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