My manager just announced she's leaving the company in a few months and though I've worked for her for nearly five years and she's been grooming me to take her place, it doesn't look like I'll get the position. I met with my manager and her boss recently and they noted they will likely do an internal hire, not a promotion from within the division to replace her, but that they were happy with my work and hoped I will continue to grow and seek other opportunities within the company and management. I am pretty floored — given the path I've constructed with my manager, I felt pretty certain I was the next in line. From a purely professional standpoint, it's time for me to make strides and take on a management role if I'm going to progress in my career and knowing it won't happen so swiftly as I planned at my current job, I'm forced to reevaluate my career path. So here's my dilemma now: Do I take this as a sign and seek a new company I know will encourage me to progress faster, or do I stay and wait it out, even if that means I'll be harboring some negativity for being overlooked? What would you do?
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