Professional Development: Step to the Side
The job market is cluttered with the unemployed, the underemployed, the marginally employed and the overemployed. Those with jobs are working harder than ever, and most are weary of the daily grind, seeking ways to parlay their dedication to the company into a raise or promotion of some variety. However, with the stagnated economy, few companies are moving employees up the corporate hierarchy, and this has many office professionals grumbling about their careers. This has many employees looking for a change of scenery, both in and outside of their current employers.
This article explains, “After three years of near economic standstill, people are ready for new challenges, different responsibilities, or at least more solid footing. According to a poll by the consultants at Right Management, some 84% of employees planned to look for jobs in 2011, up from 60% the year before. But with job growth stagnant, new business ideas on the shelf, and baby boomers choosing not to retire, making a move straight up the chain currently looks about as likely as making a voluntary decision to step down.”
So if you’re at the end of your employment rope, consider a lateral move. Have a sincere and open conversation with your boss, and request a change in your responsibilities that would enhance your skills set and put you on a course to learn more about the industry. That way, when the economy speeds up again, you’ll be in an excellent position to make your case for a promotion. If your request is declined, it’s probably a good idea to look for other employment opportunities, even if they are lateral moves. Not only will a change increase your networking pool, but it will keep you inspired and on a positive learning curve as you learn more about your career track and the various ways companies conduct business. Don’t let stagnation undermine your career development. Keep moving.
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