Two days ago was the 7th anniversary of me working in the same company doing the same job. I'm currently at a bit of a professional crossroads in my life right now. I love my job, luckily I don't have to work too hard, I enjoy being around most of the people I work with and my salary is pretty good too and of course "flirty office guy" is definitely a good reason for me to stay here.
In the time that I have been working at this company it has been sold and sold again. I have seen lots of people younger than me and working here less than me moving positions, being promoted or moving on to other things. I am still in the same job I started 7 years ago doing pretty much the same thing - nothing has changed! Lots of these people aren't (in my opinion) any more capable or qualified than me.
There is of course a drawback. I work in an IT company and although I'm a university graduate - it's not in a technical field. I have the job I have because I'm a mother-tongue English speaker (with specific writing abilities). I have very little technical background (or knowledge) which is obviously a big drawback working in an IT company.
In the past I have spoken with the company's CEO about my situation - he likes me a lot (I hope) and was very understanding and was very fair going through each department and why I wouldn't be suited working there. (I can't become a support engineer or program developer for obvious reasons). He also took into account my family situation and how frequent, possibly sudden and prolonged trips overseas wouldn't be suitable for me (he's right!).
So here I am sitting at my desk day in day out doing the same thing. In the 7 years I've been here I have definitely reached a certain level of "seniority" and think I receive a certain level of respect from people here.
The question is, how long can I continue like this? I am half-looking for a new position - but I understand in the middle of a recession it's very difficult to find a job and even more difficult to leave a good and very secure job to go into the outside world and do something different or the same thing in a different place. On the plus side of my job - I am not really supervised , I am pretty much my own boss, I am free to come and go as I please, I'm not part of a team (I'm not much of a team player). On the down side - I'm bored out of my skull, I'm void of any motivation to do anything and again I'm bored, bored, bored!
A new position has been vacated being the manager of quite a large department here. The girl who used to manage the department is a good friend of mine and she was the one who put the idea in my head that I should go for the job.
I even spoke to one of the senior managers here about it but he said as I don't have experience managing a team (and there are currently 2 team leaders in this department) it would be a "hard sell" but not necessarily impossible. He even suggested I speak to the personnel lady. However, I am not sure whether to go for it or not. I don't want to make myself look stupid/desperate in front of the company management. But it would kill me to see one of the two current team leaders in that department get the job instead of me!!! On the other hand, I'm totally ready for a change, to advance myself and to earn more money.
I like to think I'm well received and well liked in the company but can't decide whether to speak to the personnel lady or not!!!
What should I do? Sometimes being grown up isn't fun!
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