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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Ok so that thread is obsolete after a couple days haha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?
Permalink dot 
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.
Permalink MS 
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.
Permalink dot 
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 :)
Permalink trollop 
February 22nd, 2012 4:04pm
s/ss/see/ sheesh.
Permalink trollop 
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.
Permalink MS 
February 22nd, 2012 4:18pm
fear of the unknown is not a good reason to stay put.
Permalink 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.
Permalink Kenny 
February 22nd, 2012 5:24pm
http://www.tor.com/stories/2012/01/the-situation
Permalink 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?
Permalink dot 
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.
Permalink dot 
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.

Not good.
Permalink line noise 
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.
Permalink dot 
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 ! !
Permalink anon in Iceland 
February 23rd, 2012 4:47am

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