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Job change advice

 
#1 Job change advice
22/11/2009 17:03

Anon

Hi - wondering if anyone can offer some advice...

I left my role in consulting a couple of months ago for an industry role - bit of a gamble but it seemed to offer great prospects, challenge, decent payrise etc. A short time in, it's clear that this isn't the role for me and that while I'll do ok, I won't shine as I have in previous roles. I just can't seem to get excited about the role or the people I'm working with. I also don't really fit in to the culture of the new organisation.

So the question is, how soon is too soon to jump ship? There are a few other roles out there which would suit, and my cv is good so far with no blips to date - will I be able to explain away a very short stint in this role? Or should I put these thoughts to the back of my mind and keep trying to make it work? I really don't want to be one of those miserable City types who dreads going to work every day, but equally don't want to be a pussy by jumping ship the minute things get tough. I've enjoyed every other role I've done, even with sh*tty clients and horrible projects, and am shocked at how hard I'm finding not liking my job.

Any advice welcome.

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#2 RE: Job change advice
22/11/2009 17:35

anon to Anon (#1)

I'd move quickly if you dislike to that extent. Better to explain away a small blip than carry on under performing in a role for a year or two. It sounds like a complete mis-match so i'd pull the plug now.

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#3 RE: Job change advice
22/11/2009 19:31

JayD to anon (#2)

You could try to move internally, but if you feel there's a cultural mismatch I reckon this won't help you in the long run.

I would move, but this time make sure you're in the right place...can't afford to make this mistake twice in such a short period of time!

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#4 RE: Job change advice
22/11/2009 19:56

JayD to anon (#2)

You could try to move internally, but if you feel there's a cultural mismatch I reckon this won't help you in the long run.

I would move, but this time make sure you're in the right place...can't afford to make this mistake twice in such a short period of time!

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#5 RE: Job change advice
22/11/2009 20:14

misc to JayD (#4)

which industry sector did you move into and where did you come from?

Also, how long were you at your previous employer?

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#6 RE: Job change advice
22/11/2009 21:37

Anon to misc (#5)

Thanks for the replies.

Banking, in previous role (consulting, FS) for 3 years, 6 years at another firm before that.

Should have added that it's had an impact on home life, fighting with the g/f etc which could be biasing my thinking a bit.

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#7 RE: Job change advice
23/11/2009 15:32

anon to Anon (#6)

Agree with first post.

Had a similar experience and the advice I got at the time was either get out immediately and explain it as a one-off mismatch, or stay at least a year and show you gave it all you've got.

Options were poor at the time, so I gave it 14 months in the end. Was pretty miserable though

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#8 RE: Job change advice
26/11/2009 07:31

Anon to anon (#7)

Thanks for your responses. I guess I have to get out, just struggling with what I tell my boss and how to go about it.

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