DEAR SOMEONE ELSE’S MOM: When I interviewed for my current job, I was told my education and previous jobs positioned me well to advance quickly. That was a year and a half ago, and people who have started with the company after me have already been promoted. A friend in the office told me that is because they are in a different department, where there is much more turnover than the one we are part of.
Even buying into that thinking I feel as if I am beginning to stagnate. I have learned the job as well as it can be learned, and there are few variables in my daily routine to keep it interesting or even vaguely challenging.
When I talk to my parents about how things are going for me, they tell me to be patient and stick with the job for at least a while longer. They remind me of their work experiences and how by not jumping around, they established solid, successful careers. They believe if I move to another company at this point, it will not look good on my resume, and people will be reluctant to hire me. But I believe if I explain why I am willing to leave what looks like a good job on paper but does not live up to its hype, it will not be held against me as much as they think it will.
I am already looking at possibilities, some of which pay at least what I make here, some less, some more. But if I can move upward once I have learned the job well, I think that is more important than the money I make to start.
Do you believe there is anything to be gained staying where I am when I am not growing or gaining further experience? --- NEED TO MOVE ON
DEAR NEED TO MOVE ON: Your parents aren’t wrong in their advice that reasonable longevity is a good way to build a solid track record in your career.
From what you wrote, it sounds like you feel you were misled when you were hired, and if that truly is the case, and you’re able to find something different that will help advance your career and make more use of your education and skills, then it may not be the worst thing in the world to consider a change.
If you do change jobs, though, bear in mind how it’ll look if you jump from the new one to another in less than two or three years. So you might want to choose very carefully where you land next.