3 Signs it’s Time to Quit Your Job!
Like good looks, I.T. Skills are a Deprecating Asset! We will cover valid reasons for looking for a new job, not just your company doesn’t have free Starbucks… When your job no longer is keeping pace with the industry it may be time to look elsewhere. In my job, I interface with many businesses and even more people within those businesses. Sadly, I’ve seen people who once were pinnacles of technical knowledge slowly erode over time into nothing more than an ant hill. These companies are a dangerous place to work, and can be the death of a promising career.
If you don’t like lifelong learning, you shouldn’t be in IT; as stated I.T. skills are a deprecating asset. If you’re not able to spend some amount of time on a regular basis with new technology you’ll find yourself out of date in the field very quickly. Here are three valid reasons where you should find a new job for the sake of your career.
Lack of employer supplied training or you’re not learning at work
Learning at work is an amazing feeling. If you’re working for an innovative company I would recommend you stay put! However, if you’re working for a company that shows no signs of innovation and they aren’t providing you training that’s a bad sign. Eventually the organization will have to implement something new, and where will your skills be when that time comes? A good organization will at least provide training on new technologies they implement, or will have a partner that provides education on a regular basis.
Lack of work life balance, so you don’t have time to learn at home
There’s only two places you’re going to learn new skills: at work, or out of work. If your job is a dud and doesn’t provide work life balance for you to keep up on technologies you enjoy it’s a prudent thought to look elsewhere. Not every organization will be a technology mecca; I stayed in a sluggish organization for 8 years because I was able to work 3 x 12 hour shifts and they had college tuition reimbursement. Even though the technology there wasn’t evolving it was a wonderful opportunity to get through undergrad and grad school. I had a solid work life balance!
No potential for growth inside your organization
This maybe the hardest decision and not easy to see at first. You may really enjoy your job, and the organization maybe innovative but there’s just no where to grow. This generally happens when your acquisition of new skills is outpacing the businesses ability to grow. If you’re fortunate enough to absorb tech like a sponge for the sake of career advancement you may need to move on. At that point, you’re holding back your personal development for the sake of someone else’s business. Unless you’re a shareholder or have a vested interest in the company you need to find somewhere that you can grow. Any skill is like a muscle, if you don’t use it you lose it.
I certainly wouldn’t recommend burning any bridges. Always treat former employers with respect, and appreciation. The I.T. community is a small place, and lack of class will certainly become known in your community.
Was there a job you stayed to long in, or an opportunity you wish you wouldn’t have passed up?