When you decide to move on from your current position, it should be because you are ready for your next opportunity and have found a great fit for you to build the rest of your career. Sometimes, though, you are put in the position due to toxic coworkers or some other issue with your current positions.
No matter what, the reality today is it is very rare to spend your whole career at one company. When I started my career in 1999 at Merrill Lynch, it was considered normal to stay for the long term and when I left everyone was shocked and said, "how can you leave Mother Merrill?" I was always planning and focusing on my career plan and growth, though at 22 I did not know it yet and I made some big missteps and yes, mistakes, but most people will at those ages and even later in life without a mentor or someone to learn from (uhum, maybe someone like me for all of you reading my blog and stuff - I am blushing just typing it though and do feel so humbled by the amount of people reading and sharing my advice- it is amazing to me...).
You must think about on some level what you want your career to be - are you interested in being an entrepreneur at some point or having a more flexible career - for everyone today, the demands of life can jump out of nowhere - our parents are aging and can need our help or we can have a spouse who gets sick or even need to manage our young children for a few years to avoid paying our salaries to daycare costs -- having a plan and knowing that said plan can change is so important.
When you are ready to move on, make it as professional as possible. Never ever burn bridges. No matter what. Always keep things positive. Stay in touch with your former colleagues and be helpful to them so that perhaps networking can always be a two way street.
If you want to have some help on career plans for you, check out my upcoming How to Take Your Next Step seminar - a huge part of what I provide my clients with is insight/advice and a plan to get to their best next step for them. Join me and find out more on November.
What do you think about the advice on moving on? Happy hunting!
Lisa Vento Nielsen