Confessions of a researchaholic

January 28, 2013

When to change jobs

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 2:54 am
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I have a very simple answer to this supposed complex question: quit a job that no longer satisfies the two conditions listed in my previous post.

It is probably even simpler: change when your rate of improvement is reaching diminishing returns.

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.

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  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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