Working Guide: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

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Working Guide: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

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Over the last few weeks I have had several accountants talk to me about their need for career guidance. In most cases, they have entered their thirties having become very competent, technical accountants yet have not had a well-rounded experience in management.  This situation alerted me to the fact that this may be a common problem with generation X. I thus have written this working guide.

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Over the last few weeks I have had several accountants talk to me about their need for career guidance. In most cases, they have entered their thirties having become very competent, technical accountants yet have not had a well-rounded experience in management.  This situation alerted me to the fact that this may be a common problem with generation X. I thus have written this working guide.

Choosing an organisation and a life partner have much in common. During the courtship both parties are on best behaviour, with all adverse behaviour traits well disguised. Promises are made, and even lies told, to give the impression that life is going to be so much better together. We find, as time passes, that indeed the grass may not be “greener on the other side of the fence”.

We thus need to be careful and well researched when thinking about a move. The future may indeed lie with the existing organisation. Jack Welch, the CEO of General Electric had a one job career.

Career Experience To Date

Before we go any further on this topic you need to know where you are going, otherwise “Any road will take you there.” Let us find out a bit about ourselves. Answer these questions.

Have you worked for a blue-chip company? □ Yes □ No
Have you worked for a great manager? □ Yes □ No
Have your worked under an inspirational CEO? □ Yes □ No
Have your worked on some large change projects? □ Yes □ No
Have you managed a large team? □ Yes □ No

If you can answer yes to all these questions decision making is going to be far easier.  By expanding your experiences, you will be in a better position to make decisions.

Long Range Career Plan

You now need to consider your long-term career objectives

Do I see my long-range goal as working in a large organisation? □ Yes □ No
Do I want to be running my own company? □ Yes □ No
Do you know the lifestyle you want to achieve? □ Yes □ No
Are you willing to sacrifice a work life balance for your future career? □ Yes □ No
Have you a vision of what your end goal is for your career? □ Yes □ No
Do you yearn to work in another country? □ Yes □ No

The answers will now begin to shape a future which may look very different to what it is now.

The fit with your current organisation

We should now look at the fit you have with your current organisation.

Current Job
1. Are you excited when you look at the opportunities ahead in your job? □ Yes □ No
2. Are there other roles, opportunities, projects you could work on at your current job that are interesting? □ Yes □ No
3. Do you enjoy working with your current staff and colleagues? □ Yes □ No
4. Does this job make the best use of your skills? □ Yes □ No
5. Are there still opportunities to implement better practices into the finance team? □ Yes □ No
Current Manager
6. Do you enjoy working with your manager? □ Yes □ No
7. Are you still learning from your manager? □ Yes □ No
8. Is your manager well-respected and liked in the organisation? □ Yes □ No
9. Has your manager had an explementary career to date? □ Yes □ No
10. Is your manager in the inner circle with the CEO? □ Yes □ No
Current Organisation
11. Can you fulfil your next three-year career goals within your current organisation? □ Yes □ No
12. Are there other managers in the organisation you would enjoy working with? □ Yes □ No
13. Are you proud to be a member of your organisation? □ Yes □ No
14. Is your current rate of pay in the top quartile for your position and experience? □ Yes □ No
15. Are you given good training and development opportunities? □ Yes □ No

 

Number of Ticks Advice to You
10 or more Really stupid to leave, the grass is not greener on the other side of the fence.
7-9 Only move on if the organisation or manager is changing for the worse.
4-6 Start looking for a new position elsewhere, but only leave when you have another job lined up.
<4 You should have left ages ago.

 

 

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