You guys have probably noticed with all my posts about financial independence and why I save that I’ve been a bit bored lately. I definitely haven’t been happy or interested in my work very well over the last half-year or so and before that, I was distracted by my condo buying adventures. I spent about three years in my previous position and feel like I had learned all I was going to learn in it, so it was time for a change.
I am very fortunate to work in an industry where there are (currently) plenty of job opportunities and it is good for your career to change positions. I am also fortunate to work for a company where I can change groups (re: work on a different “product”), without changing my job title or losing any benefits.
2012 has been a year full of new beginnings. I moved (twice!), bought a condo, started a serious relationship, and now, I’m starting a new job. It’s definitely taken me some time to see it as a new job, but that’s really what it is.
Some things are the same:
- My job title
- Who is providing my paychecks
- My direct deposit info
- My 401(k) matching
- My health insurance
- My salary
- My stock bonuses
Some things are different:
- My office building
- My commute
- My coworkers and my manager
- The “product” that I am working on
The work is completely different from anything I’ve done before, which will be an excellent challenge. There should be great technical challenges, as well as leadership opportunities. Plus, I get to work on a product that I believe in, surrounded by other people who also believe in the product. I’m optimistic that this will be a good change both career-wise and life-wise.
Financially, this doesn’t have any immediate impact, but I have a feeling it will result in better raises and more stock bonuses over the next few years than staying in my previous position would have.
Readers, how long do you normally stay in a particular job in your industry?