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Learning, Sharing, and Teaching => Ask a Mustachian => Topic started by: birdman2003 on June 25, 2015, 04:31:37 PM

Title: Job Crossroads
Post by: birdman2003 on June 25, 2015, 04:31:37 PM
Current job (supporting a production line as an engineer / ERP software power user) is old and little to no room for growth.  I probably have about 10 hours of work a week.  But I have to be at the factory for supporting the production line.  Custom software co-developed with vendor (SAP) and my company allowed me to become an expert end user and trainer of the masses.  I don't know a lot of the mechanics behind the scenes, but I am a power user and train regular people how to use various transactions and queries.  This software is going to be replaced and now is a good time for me to move on to another job that challenges me.

Salary and benefits are the best for my area, and ideally I would find another job here in the factory but so far I have been turned down for internal interviews (2 different jobs) on account of my resume not being verbose enough.  My only fear is that I would get into another job where I am not challenged enough and my motivation to produce quality work would suffer.

I have thought about enrolling in a certificate program to learn more about business analytics.  Lots of companies in my area are excited about it.

I guess my question for Mustachians out there is do you recommend leaving a great paying job if you feel that you are not being challenged? Should I invest in acquiring new skills, even if it means leaving my current job for one that would pay less (initially?)?
Title: Re: Job Crossroads
Post by: vagon on June 25, 2015, 10:03:30 PM
My advice would be to talk to your manager and mentioned your worries about the software being end of life.
Say you would like to get a secondment and wont let your current workload suffer.
If he is supportive identify the area you want to go into, which requires more transferable skills. Offer your self as a (free) secondee to that area.
Learn quick, do valuable work and make the area rely on you. Then transition into that role or use the experience to get a role somewhere else.
Title: Re: Job Crossroads
Post by: patrickza on June 26, 2015, 01:52:39 AM
If the pay is great and you've got some free time, why not learn something new. New certification or a new language, something you enjoy.