Moving On

moving-on

As I mentioned last week, I had been considering where I wanted to move on to for a little while. Frankly, it wasn’t that long that I’d been giving it proactive thought, but since I got back from Scotland I knew it was time to start considering the next steps. I could be vague and say I just knew, but that’s not really helpful for you guys who are trying to figure out when that aha moment is so here’s a few tips:

1 // Culture Fit Is the culture the right fit for you? If yes, but the function is wrong, consider trying to move into another role within the organization that better aligns your day to day responsibilities with what you want to be doing. Even if it’s not a perfect functional fit, are you at least learning skills that will position you for the next role that is the right fit? If it’s the culture fit, but it’s the right job, stay until you’ve learned all you can about the role, expanded your skill set so you could move vertically up in your next role.

2 // Job Function I shy away from saying title these days because even more so, titles are made up and meaningless. Most of the time, they don’t even begin to explain what you do day-to-day which is why you should always have an elevator speech ready. If the job function is right, you’re learning new things that will help you get promoted or advance in your career, then stay until that’s no longer the case. When that’s no longer the case, and you don’t see any advancement within the company, it’s time to move on.

3 // Compensation Package This is more along the lines of when you start if you negotiated something you were happy with. However, some companies are really great about keeping those benefits coming to really keep great employees. Others aren’t. The longer you’ve been with the company, the better those benefits should be. ie more PTO, more flex time, etc. If you’re not satisfied with your package, you have to weigh that against the other two; do the skills you’re developing or the responsibilities you’re being given offset the limited PTO? Only you can answer that for yourself.

Really there’s so much more to it when evaluating when the time is right to leave, but for me, I’m not sentimental about where I work because I know the relationships I’ve formed that I want to keep I’ll keep. It doesn’t matter if I work with you or not anymore.

So you may be wondering what it was about my current role that lead me to start looking. Well there were a few things that I’ll share with you all. First of all, I knew almost right away that it wasn’t the right culture fit for me. I’m not saying the culture was wrong, I’m just saying it’s not for me. Secondly, even though the culture wasn’t right, it was just work and I liked the function I was performing. When my function shifted pretty drastically, my role wasn’t aligning with my career aspirations and I knew that it was time for me to figure out my next move.

Now what? I had a very frank and honest conversation with my boss and said that the culture fit wasn’t for me and I had to figure out what I wanted to do next and whether or not this new direction was going to work out. Since I hadn’t really been giving my next move any thought {I thought I’d be at TT for at least another year} I had to do a little soul searching and frankly talked to a lot of people. After some evaluation, I decided to go ahead and try and leverage my strategic partnerships experience and programmatic strategy into a role as an account manager at a DSP or a trading desk. With that focus, I set out on a hunt into my FB and LinkedIn network and long story short, within a month had an offer to become Director, Programmatic Strategy at Cadreon and I start on August 1st.

I’d love to hear your thoughts or questions in the comments about your career paths and whether or not you’re into these types of posts.