Which fish-in-a-pond are you? (Part 2)
It’s been a thought in my mind about the options that lie in front of me, regarding career changes. Should I stay in the same company I’ve been working for (say company A) — OR — should I move to another (say company B). These 2 options, reminds me with the article “Which fish-in-a-pond are you?” I have written before.
To describe my condition in company A: I simply feel stuck in my place. This company A is one of major player in telecommunication industry. Being in a big ‘pond’ (company) means you have so many competitors, struggling for the same object, e.g: getting a higher position in the company. And I have to admit, that they are the best people coming from the best places (background: university or previous company). It’s not like I hate to compete with other fishes in this pond, it’s just that I think it is important for me to narrow-down the competition, so that will increase my opportunity.
Company B on the other hand, is a medium player. They are now having a recruitment for the position of manager. I could simply say, the salary that I got now from company A, for staff position; would be a bit more-less the same with one I would get from company B, for manager position. But, what I’m thinking of this manager-recruitment process, is the opportunity to learn a different aspect and degree of work, i.e management. If I have to wait for the same opportunity in company A, I think I would have to wait for another 2 or 3 years, which for me is too damn long.
Before proceed, let’s take a look at some aspects to consider:
– I’ve been working in company A for less than 1 year. Even the HR (human-resource) person, may get suspicious as in what reason, leaving company A in such a short time. One of my colleague, gave me a good advise: stay there for at least 2 years, and you would get the complete picture of it.
– Including my experience from the previous company, it’s been totally 4 years for me working in telecommunication field. Is there any kind of standard for years-to-work to become a manager?
– It may be the least important: sometime I feel like enough in technical field, and move to other field such as sales/marketing (sales-engineer).
Beyond, all those aspects that matter, I think I would follow the option to stay in company A, for another 1 year (so that makes it 2 years in total). Getting more experience, saving enough money and gaining more confidence in telecom career field, are all my reasons. What about you?