STAY OR SHOULD
Increasing your pay is often first on the initial list,
but in reality, interesting and challenging work will
top that. Add to the list over time to get closer to
the truth of what you really want to achieve if you
decide to move on.
A simple pros and cons list works for many
people. It also works well if you’re going to choose
between different opportunities. Rather than just
writing the list as items occur to you, think about
the different aspects of each opportunity. For
example, split each opportunity into:
n Remuneration, bonuses and benefits
n Location, modes of working, travel
n Management team, colleagues
n Strategy of the business, objectives of
n Culture of the business, work/life balance
n Type of work available, projects now and in
n Personal development, learning opportunities
You won’t know all the answers at this stage,
but just being aware of the questions is good
enough. All of this gives a clearer view of what
Q: I’ve been at my current project manager position
for more than a decade and think it’s time to move
on. How do I know if I’m making the right decision?
A: It’s the million-dollar question, isn’t it? You
never know if moving on is absolutely the right
decision, but there are a number of ways you can
minimize the risk of making a mistake. That’s one
of the good things about being a project manager:
You can look at the practical and logical side of this,
like weighing project risks, and then look at the
personal side, like moving on for the right reasons
and having the support of your family.
I speak to many people who are thinking about
making a move away from their current position.
Talking to someone is often one of the best ways to
start forming ideas and thoughts about what you’re
trying to do. Talk to many people from different
circles in your life; you’ll solicit questions and get
alternative views you never thought of. You should
include your own manager, too. You can certainly
have conversations with your manager about your
career at any time, not just at the annual performance appraisal. At this stage, you have all your
options open, and that should include where you
After all these conversations, start a list of reasons you want to move on. I find that when people
want to move on, the reasons they give are not the
ones that will make them happy or sustain them.
Thinking about changing jobs?
Talk it through, then make a list to
plot your next career move.
BY LINDSAY SCOTT