I’d like to share a bit of good news with all of you. After working at my current job for 7 years and a failed attempt to jump ship, I’m finally moving to a new job, and maybe even a new career.
I’m taking a different position within my current employer. Staying with my current employer lets me enjoy my golden handcuffs. This new job is quite different than my current job. It will require more reading, more listening and asking questions, more thinking, more writing, more convincing others — skills I practiced on this blog – and less tactical execution of well defined tasks.
No I’m not being promoted to a manager. I’m still on my own, an “individual contributor” as they say. I’m fine with it.
I’m also not getting a raise. It’s a “lateral move” in corporate speak. I didn’t ask for a raise because I want to move into this new area. Getting paid the same salary for a job I don’t have experience is already a pretty good deal.
I’m glad the hiring team is willing to take a risk on me. If I were to apply for a similar position at a different company I don’t think I would get it. I got this job because they know me and they know I can learn whatever I need to learn fast. That’s a benefit of working at a larger company. When you know people you can tap them for job opportunities.
I realize the grass is always greener on the other side. I’m sure I will come across difficulties and frustrations, especially when I’m new. For the moment, I look forward to the change. The area I will be working in is currently experiencing a mini bubble. There are a lot of new investments. New entrants are coming in. Incumbents are threatened and fighting back. Nobody knows what the landscape will look like in the next few years. If nothing else, I will have something to point to and say I did that.