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Key things to consider when changing jobs

In Uncategorized on May 15, 2010 at 3:53 am

Changing jobs can put a lot of pressure on a person. A highly successful candidate in one environment may find the new situation daunting. It takes time to pick up the cultural nuances, unspoken engagement models, established inner-circle, etc.

Depending on your level of tolerance to change and various risk factors involved, you can take a gradual or abrupt approach to change. If you are averse to risk, then either (a) a new responsibility in the same team reduces the environment related stress or (b) a new team using the same technical skill set reduces the subject matter related stress. Keep in mind that the dynamics in every team is different even if it is within the same company.

Changing company and career at the same time poses a lot more risk. You have to learn the new job, team, company, its value chain, its competitive landscape, etc while still producing results from the get go. There are lots of variables to consider when taking this approach.

Regardless of how you proceed with your career development, one key thing to note is that what gets you there wont keep you there. The elements needed for success in the present situation are not always the same as the elements needed for success in the past. More about this in a future blog post.

What are some of the things you consider when changing jobs?