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WWYD - take a risk on a new job in a new place or stay where it's safe with limited scope?

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thinkingmakesitso Wed 24-Feb-16 20:49:57

I have worked in the same place for 10 years and it is the only place I have ever worked in my career. I have had two promotions and now have a decent amount of responsibility with (mainly) manageable stress. I am one promotion away from holding the post I have always wanted, but it is highly unlikely to happen for at least another 6 years, and then it would not be guaranteed to go to me.

The post I want comes up in other places regularly and I have never applied, but I am spending increasing amounts of time browsing online job adverts.

Pros for staying put: it's comfortable; I love the place; I am well-respected; salary is good (the promotion I want wouldn't increase it by much); I may well get the job I want in a few years (when dc will be secondary school age and therefore more independent?); no disruption to my life - currently going through a divorce.

Cons: I want the promotion and may never get it where I am - by which time I will die of bitterness and will not look an attractive proposition to other employers having been in one place for nearly 20 years; I find my line manager unbearable (I'm not alone in this); I'm too comfortable perhaps.

Truth is I am terrified of going somewhere new, but does that matter or should I force myself?

Any thoughts or similar experiences would be wonderful.

Move2WY Wed 24-Feb-16 21:25:51

Apply for them. Meet and interview with them and work out if you think you'll be a good fit for a new company. Doesn't actually mean you have to leave current job, but I wouldn't settle just yet.

razmataz Wed 24-Feb-16 21:27:18

To be honest, if I was you I would move.

I've moved companies repeatedly in my career so far, which I've had to do to climb the ladder. It's not the comfortable or the easy option, but I've generally found that progression comes more quickly if you're prepared to move.

In your shoes I would go for the promotion somewhere else - then once you've got the experience at that level, you'd be in a much better position to return to your original company in a more senior role, rather than staying put and waiting - which could make you appear unambitious.

Moving on is scary but who's to say that you wouldn't love working somewhere else even more?

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