Everyone considers changing jobs at some point, whether it is to a new department, new company, or even a new industry. The reason why you are considering a change could be the most important factor in your final decision. If you are considering a change within your current company, maybe to a new department or position, it’s even more important to evaluate your reasons because you will still be interacting with the same people, and probably have some similar tasks and objectives.
Evaluating your reasons
If you want to change jobs within your current company because a co-worker that you enjoy working with recently transferred to a new department, it could be risky. Following a co-worker or boss to a new position could potentially hurt your current reputation within the company, especially if you don’t have any desire to be a part of the new department or if the tasks and objectives are not a part of your skill set. You don’t want to base your career on someone else’s transitions or moves because you’ll never end up doing what’s best for you and your career.
Same goes for changing departments because you dislike or don’t get along with a co-worker or boss in your current position. You can’t predict who you are going to be working with and changing positions because of someone else makes you the unstable employee who is unable to handle conflict. You also can’t control who you work with and you may be put in the same situation in your next position, so the best thing to do is learn how to handle working with a difficult person.
Looking for new objectives
Changing jobs within your current career because of your objectives or tasks may seem like a more appropriate reason to transition – but you don’t want to burn bridges with your current manager or co-workers. Evaluate the current tasks you are doing and what you like or don’t like about them and if there are other departments you may be more productive in. Don’t talk negatively about your current position or the people you work with – especially if you want to stay with the same company.
What to look for
Just because you know of a department you would rather work in, it doesn’t mean they have an open position. Do some research on openings in your company – most companies would rather hire internally. Ask for advice from someone in the department on the resume review and interview process. Not all departments will have the same types of interviews or ask the same questions because of the differences in the tasks and objectives.
Transitioning to a new job – regardless if it’s for the same company
Deciding to transition to a new job, regardless if it is within the same company or not, takes some preparation. Evaluate your current position and what you like or don’t like about it – not including what’s out of your control – and make this list a part of your job search process. Avoid changing jobs because of a co-worker or boss, you can’t control who you work with and dealing with a difficult person or team can help you prepare for future similar situations.
- When your boss says: You should change careers (helpyourcareer.org)
- Modern worker, dated benefits (economist.com)