From the Inbox: Is it OK to Move on?

Hi A&M,

I’ve been mulling something over for a while, and was wondering if I could pick your expert brains about it.

I have been working for a PR agency for about a year and a half now, and am starting to think it might be time to move on. This was my first job out of college, and I’ve loved the time I’ve spent there and have learned a huge amount. However, it’s a very small company and I don’t feel that there is going to be much opportunity for progression with things how they are.

I’m also looking to move home shortly, so my rent will be going up which makes me feel like I might be better off looking elsewhere. Do you feel that 18 months is a reasonable amount of time to stick to a first job, or would it perhaps look better to future employers if I were to get another 6 months/year under my belt? And if now is the time to start looking at moving on, should I let my current boss know now, or wait until I have interviews/a potential job offer waiting?

Any help would be really appreciated! I love your blog, so would love to hear what you guys think!

Looking forward

Can I Move On

Deciding whether or not it’s time to move on is one of the hardest decisions we make in our careers. While it sounds like there’s nothing terribly wrong with your position, you’re starting to get antsy and once the thought of leaving crosses your mind, it’s hard to stop thinking about it. In terms of timing, 18 months is plenty of time to put into a position, especially since it was your first job out of college. What raises red flags is someone who has hopped around multiple times under the course of a year. If you’re not seeing a lot of growth opportunity, then it’s definitely time to move on. And you shouldn’t feel bad about it.

Definitely do not make mention of you looking to move on to anyone at your current job. You should only make mention of leaving once you have a job lined up. This is very important. You want to make sure you keep good rapport with everyone, just in case you want to return. Mentioning you’re trying to leave could lead to them firing you on the spot. Or you could end up staying so you don’t want to take that risk.

Hope this helps you along your journey.

Xo, A

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