I have issues at work and I'm considering my options - what would you do and are there any options I've missed?
April 13,2021 at 2:30PM UTC
I work for a well known global company on contract. I'm the only person in my role in a small team and have been there for a year. My contract has just been extended for another year. On the plus side, it pays well, it's been a great experience leading on end-to-end projects with high impact, pretty much alone, and my new contract buys me time to keep looking for a permanent role.
What's going wrong? A lot...
I was hired as a specialist in my role, but due to politics/ culture no-one understands what I do or why. For the bulk of last year I had several rows with my manager who kept blocking my work. It's very dog eat dog - I fulfilled a huge project on time despite many setbacks after a mammoth effort and got no thanks/ recognition.
I'm now on a new very frustrating project as stakeholders again can't decide what they want which is killing the brief. I'm blocked from meeting with the senior manager who has the decision making and would be how this is normally done. Also I have someone totally ignorant project managing and I'm in the same position of not being listened to. It is just so disorganised and I don't feel valued! Every time there has been an issue I have raised it and concentrated on my work/ producing results. I really don't think I can progress in this team so sadly I think it's time to get out.
So here are my options...
1) As it's such a big company I could try to transfer to get away from this awful team! There are very few/ no vacancies in my specialism but I can apply to a very well known department where I could broaden my skillset and be more marketable in the future. No harm in trying and that would resolve the team problem of others not understanding my role.
2) Leverage my experience and keep applying for something elsewhere that is senior grade (to match the pay and impact) - I've been applying for a while and have had some shockingly bad interviews with very rude hiring managers. It's hard to keep going as job hunting is time consuming.
3) Take a course and build a portfolio to move sideways, could be in a perm role in the company or just a fresh start elsewhere in the future. Many people freelance in my field so I'm researching that at the moment.
4) I'm planning to relocate to a new city for a better life. I could change career entirely and work on property development/ my own business.
I'd be grateful to hear your thoughts!
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