I’m hoping that I can get some advice in this situation.
I was previously a people leader in finance (finance manager in sales finance, budgeting and AR roles) for some well-known companies. I actively took a role as an individual contributor (senior financial analyst) at a new organization so that I could focus on pursuing my MBA in order to move into a higher-level role. I recently graduated and now that I’m having the conversations about the next steps in my current organization, I’m told that not only is it difficult overall to get promoted, but that getting an MBA is a nice to have and not something that is looked at as a promotion worthy achievement within the company. All of that is fair, I should’ve actively vetted that out before joining the company or during the last 2 years that I worked for the company.
As I’ve been having these conversations with my manager and senior leaders within the organization, it seems like my current employer may not be taking my prior experience of leading individual contributors, but also people leaders into consideration. I think that it may be due to my current role/title. Please note, I don’t believe that it’s due to my performance, my manager has told me countless times that I’m their best analyst and the people that I support say that they love me (their words not mine). I’ve decided to expand my career search externally and I wanted to know if my current role/title could impact my chances of my original goal of jumping to that next level (senior manager or above) in another organization? Your insight would be much appreciated. Feel free to ask me questions if you need additional information in order to give me your perspective. Thanks Ladies!