I'm 2.5 years into my first entry level job. I'm not crazy about it, but as a fresh college grad I leapt in with both feet without asking too many questions.
I'm an electrical engineer, but I spend most of my time dreaming up my own assignments to stay busy. We're overstaffed for the work we have (which is not technically intensive; it mostly involves updating old technical instructions to modern requirements), so it's hard to stay productive, even when you're actively seeking assignments.
The only place to exercise any autonomy or creative input is in the rotating pool of field engineers; everyone is required to do 12 weeks each year, but typically no more (so the office groups can continue to produce instructions and planning products.)
I've been considering making a career swap (in about 6-7 months, when my lease expires) to a position that supports remote work and international travel. I'm in a good position in my life to take off on a whim and travel the world while working remotely.
However, my new supervisor tossed me a carrot this week and informed me that the field engineering group will be starting a new project next September, and they'll be looking for a technical lead right around the time I was planning to leave. I suspect they're trying to keep me, because we have a terrible attrition rate as it is (~7 people a year), and I'm right in the average departure time frame.
It's a year-long assignment in a leadership position (supporting all electrical work for a major project, working with the rotating engineers to provide continued coverage and minimize work stoppages), which isn't something I have documented experience in (and am unlikely to obtain if I spend the next few years working remotely). I'm not guaranteed the position, but I will be one of the top candidates.
I'm torn, because I think getting leadership experience in this kind of role is a good long-term career move, and a huge step towards leading my own team, but I'm also sick of management's reluctance to allow change, even for small QoL improvements. My view towards remote work is arguably a bit on the romantic side, and I'm sure it won't 100% match my expectations, but there are so many opportunities opening up globally for remote workers to stay beyond the standard traveler's visa that it just seems like the perfect timing.
Is it better to stick it out in my current job for the leadership experience, or can I make up for it in a different position further down the line? I want a job where I'm able to make changes and provide improvements instead of monotonously reinventing the wheel, but I don't want to shoot myself in the foot, either.
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I accepted, signed, and took a copy of the contract and then submitted it to her. She then called me in and put me on a plan of assistance with the stipulation that if I did not sign the plan, she would rescind the contract. Is this legal?
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Need to find a coach to help me with figuring out career change - I am burnt out at my current role, although I am told I am good at what I do. I don't like the company anymore, but doing the same thing for a different company does not entice me.
How much would a good executive coach charge for working with me, helping figure out what I want, resume and even job search strategy?
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My team consists of three people- the department head, me and another lady.
This lady is on maternity leave currently and there will be no substitute for her till she resume, which would be another 7 months easily. I had discussed this with the head and requested to find a substitute as two people managing the department would be difficult. I have a 10 months old baby and aged mother at home. So i had made it clear that stretching beyond a limit, may not be possible for me as i need to support home as well. He had assured me of assigning someone else in her place. But now he has changed his mind. He said we need to share the load. The working hours i am putting my maximum effort to finish the tasks and not to keep anything pending. But i do not feel supported. He had taken leave on couple of crucial days when the workload was expected to be more and i had to manage it all alone. Also on many days he comes late to office citing personal reasons like his daughter’s badminton tournament, parent’s meeting at her school so and so. Also sometimes for official work he goes out and would return only after quite some time. He has taken up the work done by the lady who is on leave and most of the days he would do only that and rest everything i need to take care. So i feel i am doing two people’s work and he is taking advantage of me. He sits late in the office but only to finish the pending works which he has taken up on her absence. Also he is coming to office on weekends to finaih that. So other people in office is looking down on me as though i am evading work and putting all the work load on him, which i am finding so hurtful and embarrassing. There is no option of talkibg about this to higher ups because he is very close to them and convinced them that 2 people are enough to run the department. As i am new here i do not have the rapport with others as he has. I am finding this extremely stressful and on the verge of an emotional breakdown. I am not having any support system at office. How to handle this without me bursting out in anger/emotionally which i am afraid that might happen anytime?
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I have a very generous benefits package which includes 6 months of 20% sabbatical and I can even go out out on STD which would be my full time salary for 4 to 8 weeks.
The last three years has destroyed my mental health and each job I move to it seems to be getting worse. Toxic work culture is real. My current company knows that I have complained about the bullying but they do nothing about it instead they encourage me to take a sabbatical. The problems will be the same, I have major anxiety so not sure if I could even relax and not in the mood to strategize how to deal with toxic work environments. Everyone on this page complains about it. How can we stop this !!
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How to find a job with unusual talents and passions?
Recently, I took a career assessment and it came back with these 3 areas: top talents (execution, compassion, and inspection), solid talents (justice, discernment, logic, organization, connection, and communication), and passion (advocating, caregiving (I enjoy taking care of people), and finishing (whatever it is I started)). I know I don't want social work or teaching. I have no idea where to start.
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I am preparing for an interview and I am trying to figure out how to describe a time when I improved processes.
I need to look at this more creatively rather than solely my duties. I have worked several jobs and advanced in my duties, but my mind is blocked with this question. I know I have improved my own timelines through efficiency, but I am struggling to think of examples other than that I have learned in my processes what causes bottlenecks or delays, and made small changes in my own personal processes to become more efficient. But I cannot think of something better than this where I implemented something and the company adopted my ideas. My work has been accounting/bookkeeping. I know there are ideas, but I am drawing blanks of great examples where I improved processes.
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