Confessions of a researchaholic

January 28, 2013

When to change jobs

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 2:54 am
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When not to change jobs: you find some negative aspects of your current job and believe going elsewhere can solve this problem (the greener pasture delusion). You might be disappointed as every job has pros and cons.
(I have a set of friends who want to move to each other’s company.)

A better reason to switch is when you find a job that is more likely than your current one to help you be happier, more successful, and grow more. Specifically, the decision should be driven by positive instead of negative thinking.

Never stay with the same institution for too long, even a top one.

This also has an interesting positive side effect for switching at the peaks. You want to switch at the peak so that you are in an optimal mental state to make the right choices and in an optimal position to negotiate your next job offers. If you wait for the bottom, it is too late; your market value is already in decline.

1 Comment »

  1. Hi, Prof. Wei. I guess changing the job is not your own business. When you move to a new place, probabily your wife may also need to change her job. How do you get the balance of your job and your family issues? Thanks.

    Comment by Huaizu Jiang — April 10, 2013 @ 11:02 pm | Reply

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