Should I switch jobs? Part 2
Ok so that thread is obsolete after a couple days haha
I was surprised the consensus was 100% unanimous to go for a manager job on a site full of programmers lol
I was kinda gung ho but having second thoughts
Kinda hesitant to leave a position that I'm good at for an unknown. The money isn't sky high but I have decent manager and co-workers (at least in the dept). They are also flexible on hours, time off, etc. That could be an issue at the new place.
I don't know of any local places with a technical career track so it's not like there are lots of opportunities if this doesn't work out
Does it still make sense to go for it?
February 22nd, 2012 3:03pm
How mobile are you? Do you have any commitments or are you naturally afraid of risk?
I mean, if you have a house, spouse with a job and children, i can see not wanting to rock the boat. But if its just you, and it blows up in your face big-time, you can always skip town.
February 22nd, 2012 3:54pm
No committments outside of a mortgage for a condo.
I guess I'm a bit adverse to risk since I've been in a few shitty job situations.
February 22nd, 2012 4:00pm
We may be largely programmers but we're not all "leaf" employees. Some run their own show, some manage, some simply self-manage.
Management (I'm told) is akin to parenting. I've never managed, apart from a stint as a PM, but I'm a parent and I can see similarities. If you can ss these, and you're not happy at the prospect, then maybe it's not for you.
But the advantages of moving up and away from the screen remain. Your eyes and hands won't last as long as your larynx :)
February 22nd, 2012 4:04pm
February 22nd, 2012 4:05pm
Are you getting annual raises that keep up with inflation? If not you basically HAVE to go. If you are, and you are fine with your career being at its end in your mid-thirties, then I guess you can stay.
February 22nd, 2012 4:18pm
fear of the unknown is not a good reason to stay put.
the great purple
February 22nd, 2012 4:22pm
>>Kinda hesitant to leave a position that I'm good at for an unknown.
That is one of the better reasons for switching jobs, actually. Getting too comfortable is death.
February 22nd, 2012 5:24pm
Peter is bored in class
February 22nd, 2012 5:55pm
"That is one of the better reasons for switching jobs, actually. Getting too comfortable is death."
What do you mean by this?
February 22nd, 2012 6:17pm
"Are you getting annual raises that keep up with inflation?"
Yes the last couple years...went a couple years without raises after 2008.
February 22nd, 2012 6:25pm
> Getting too comfortable is death
He means. You get comfortable, you stop learning. Your skills rust a bit. You can't do an interview, you're a few versions behind. You're boss in nice enough not to fire you, but you don't get much of a raise. You lose market power.
February 22nd, 2012 9:33pm
Well, being a jack of all trades, I can do a lot of things but don't do enough of any one skill to be REALLY good at it anyway.
February 22nd, 2012 11:04pm
"Well, being a jack of all trades, I can do a lot of things but don't do enough of any one skill to be REALLY good at it anyway."
-> manager ! !
anon in Iceland
February 23rd, 2012 4:47am