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02/04/07
Mid-career decisions: Job transfer
Filed under: Job Offer (Situations)
Posted by: site admin @ 5:39 pm

Found an interesting article in Q&A format by Matt
Villano, “The Job Transfer:  Look before you leap”
and can relate to some of what Matt has to say. 
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/04/business/yourmoney/04career.html?ref=business

A job transfer offer from your boss comes.  What
should you do and what things should you consider? 
Several things that we often don’t think about can be
highlighted from the article:
-  job transfers can lead to the next great lesson and
broader experience
-  you never know where technology or your career
are leading, take advantage of situations where faith
in your ability is shown.
-  understand the practical issues are for your family
and what can be done to help you.
-  evaluate whether you can share professional
concerns with your boss, sometimes it is not wise.
-  create a career plan, and see where the transfer
might fit, consider adjustments.

Most leading firms look for people to explore in a
business wise sense new career opportuniites.  One
“no” can set your career into the ”less than fast track”. 

My career could have moved me to different and
faster tracks if I was more careful in what I did and
perhaps accepted roles that the business seemed to
need.  It is worth a person’s while to assess their
decisions and actions, figure out what might have gone
otherwise, and learn for the next time you face that
situation.  That happened to me.

Consider developing mentors that you can
confidentially talk with and bounce these issues to. 
Learn from others in your network.

Let me know other strategies you might have
taken in a job transfer.

Dan 

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