Answered by Nell, Hiring Expert at Pitney Bowes, on Friday, October 2, 2015
Interesting question! Unfortunately there is not a right or wrong answer to your question. There are so many things to consider when thinking of moving on from your position or staying put. I have two areas for you to think about:
A) Current state of wellbeing- No matter if you have been at your position one month or ten years. Your personal well-being is very important. Think about how you are doing emotionally in your current position. Below are a few questions to help you think about that.
Do you have work life balance?
Do you have workmates and supervisors who genuinely care for you?
Does your company respect you?
Do you respect your company?
Do you get a certain level of emotional compensation from your current role?
Your job can impact life quality significantly. If you have an overwhelming sense that your position is taking a toll on your well-being, then my advice to you is actively search for something else ASAP.
B) Career Ambition- Think realistically and critically about your career ambitions. What is important to one person, the next may find irrelevant. Below are some different motivations for people in their career. My advice is for you to think about what you would most like to get out of you career and go after that.
Money-Some people are after the money. If that is your motivation, and you have found somewhere that can meet that motivation. Then I say go for it!
Title- Some people are all about moving up and up! This may mean that they are always looking for the next promotion, and that is ok. If that is you, then go for it!
Emotional compensation- For some, people it is all about finding a fit culturally and enjoying what they do. If that is you, then seek that out!
Now in each of these cases, you can run the risk of looking like you either hop around or that you are complacent. My advice on that is to follow your gut and be true to yourself! Make sure that you are always treating people with respect and making ethical decisions! Then there is nowhere to go but up!
I wish you all the best in your career!