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>> No. 14015 Anonymous
12th September 2021
Sunday 9:05 pm
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I'm in a career pickle. I can't be fucked with my current job, it has become a job, I've delivered a major project and now I'm left what is boring corporate work to do that has the audacity to be equally demanding as it is tedious. I'm actually worse at it because I just don't care.

I have two options:
A) Apply for a job that I know I can easily get. This is interesting work on my current career level and working with people I know. If I get it I'll be committed to working there for 18 months.

B) Go for the next step on the career ladder which is in proper management. I know I have the experience and skills for this, I've met management, but jumping through all the flaming hoops will be hard and I already fluffed one interview. Still it's my career ambition and the people I've worked with outrank me now which is annoying. Also money.

What's a man to do?
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>> No. 14017 Anonymous
12th September 2021
Sunday 9:35 pm
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I'm just weaseling my way out of a similar pickle myself, with the exception that my option A turned out to be de facto permanent so it became a no-brainer for me.

That 18-month contract really is a big leap of faith, isn't it? Or are you confident you'll walk straight into further work (if you need it) after that term ends?

Similarly, if that fixed-term job (or others just like it) are going to continue to be available to you, then where's the harm in pushing for management role, and just keeping contracting as a back-burner option? Like you said, it is your career ambition, but if you've had a small taste of corporate work and don't like it, it might be best to find out if management is right for you sooner rather than later.

>it has become a job
The worst. Hopefully you get some respite and some clarity before too long.
>> No. 14018 Anonymous
12th September 2021
Sunday 10:17 pm
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Ah it's the opposite; I'd commit to working there for 18 months minimum as part of the contract but it's a permanent posting so I could stay forever if I was so inclined. In theory management jobs could open up in office and thereby dodge the 18 month handcuffs but I doubt it will happen so soon after a round of recruitment unless I kill someone.

The harm comes from staying in my job now while I wait for an offer on management somewhere. That would likely be January before I pull it off.
>> No. 14019 Anonymous
12th September 2021
Sunday 10:48 pm
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I think only you can answer how much you want to commit to the corporate management thing. You say it's your career goal, but it doesn't sound like you're very much into that side of the game.

For me, I'm at a point both mentally and financially where I will always chase the fun or interesting rather than the lucrative. I could/should be chasing bigger upper management or even board positions, but I think once I'm taken away from the actual work we do, once my boots are off the ground and sat in some corner office, I know it'll become work, as you say.

I suppose it depends how much freedom you'd have in the latter role, leading a project can sometimes be as good as working it. I'm not really supposed to wander around sites the way I do, but it's my job and nobody can or will stop me. If your environment is a bit more limiting then perhaps the honest work is the best route.

If you are honest with yourself and find that the true driving force is that you just think you "should" be climbing the ladder, because thats what your peers are doing, then it's time to take a step back and take stock.

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