My 4 Professional Options for 2013


I’ve already stated that Something’s Gotta Change in 2013.  There’s really not a way I can keep doing my daily routine and maintain my sanity.  Professionally speaking, I see 4 viable options to choose from:

1. Stay at my company and get a totally different position

There are a few positions in my current organization that would cater better to my strengths and genuine interests.  I believe I would be better of an asset to the organization in one of these alternative roles.  There are a few issues if I go this route:

  • My boss wants me in my current role.  In fact, he wants everyone who is doing well in their current job to STAY in their current job.  Our turnover has been higher than average because of this.  I’ve seen quite a number of talented individuals walk out of our doors because they felt professionally stagnant.
  • Our company has not had a person go from my current role, to the role I desire.  It’s quite a shift in disciplines, but I think it makes sense.  I would also like to use my transition as an example to other employees to show how these changes can actually be accomplished.  I believe the corporation will need to rethink the way they attract and retain talent in order to compete for the top talent of tomorrow.  They need to start sooner rather than later.
  • The job would most likely be in another city.  I’m not averse to moving.  In fact, I’ve spent my entire 10 yr. career moving from city to city in the Southeast U.S.  Houston to Dallas, to Houston, to Tampa, to Atlanta and back to Houston.  I’m always open to a new market for the right opportunity.  But I’m at a stage in my life and in my relationships where I can get quite a few things done here in the city.  And since everything is based on relationships, it makes sense for me to take advantage of the connects I have locally.  Outside of perhaps Atlanta, it would be much more difficult to get the type of connections I have in Houston–and that’s worth something.

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