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Should I Wait For Promotion or Move On to New Job?

Should I Leave Now When Things Are Still Positive?

This post was shared in our Savvy Confessions group by a reader with a tough choice: to stay, or go?

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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floridasunshiny floridasunshiny 6 years
I've been through this several times. To my core, I believe in being loyal to myself and my career goals, not what's in the best interest of the company. With that said, you have to decide what you want and get the emotional and mental strength to make a decision that's best for you. For the record, each time I've been in that situation, I've chosen to leave. Most times, the change was for the better and opened up new career pathways for me.
Lady-J80 Lady-J80 6 years
You should always be looking because sometimes the best opportunities come when you are still happy with your current job. I would suggest you begin your search, but continue to do what you have been doing at your current job. Things will pan out the way they are supposed to, the challenge is being emotionally, mentally, and spiritually ready to follow the path that you are led toward.
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