So your boss or co-worker is moving on to another company and changing jobs, do you follow? Chances are the reason your boss or co-worker is changing jobs is not a reason that is relevant to you or your position. He/she may be interested in changing industries for personal reasons, may be they have a conflict with another boss or co-worker in the office or perhaps one of their connections offered them a position in a new start-up company. You probably didn’t accept the job you are currently in because of that certain boss or co-worker so why is that any different now?
Evaluating the move
First of all, why do you want to follow your boss or co-worker? Is it because of how your boss manages you? Or that you became really good friends? Is your co-worker someone you enjoy working on projects with? Once you realize the reason you want to follow your boss or co-worker then the answer as to whether you should or should not follow them will be more obvious. You never know if the new boss you will be reporting to will manage the same way or if you will get along just as well. If your boss is changing jobs that may open up a position in management and may be your chance to move up in the company.
What company or organization is your co-worker or boss moving to?
Is the company your boss or co-worker is moving to in the same industry? Giving up a steady job and income may not be worth the risk, especially for a company or industry you are not familiar with. If it’s within the same industry, maybe even a competitor of the company you currently work for, there is always the chance that the interviewer will ask you about your choice to change jobs and why you did it. Telling the employer it is because you have a friend or boss who works there is probably not the answer they are looking for and they might worry that you will do it again to them.
Transferring to a start-up company
Your boss or co-worker may be ready to start his own business or help a friend with their start-up company. And in this case they may not have a position for you quite yet. This doesn’t mean you can’t have a part in it on the side of your full time position, but giving up your current job may be a bigger risk than you think at the time.
Working with a co-worker or boss in another company
If you do choose to follow a boss or co-worker to another company or industry what are the chances that you will be placed in the same department or get to work in the same team again? If you’re changing jobs because you enjoy working and spending your day with certain co-workers, you can’t guarantee the new company or organization will be set up and managed the same way you currently are.
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