Recently, I had made a decision to change companies. To start off, LinkedIn has been a game changer for me. I no longer have to submit my resume through numerous websites for an interview as LinkedIn has evolved into a breeding ground for recruiters. With that said, I was not on the look out for a change.
What's in a job? If you're lucky enough, you will find a company that has a culture and mission that matches your personality and ambitions. I was extremely lucky to work for a popular tech company doing software quality assurance (mobile and web apps) and even luckier that this company and their management aligned with who I am and what I want to do..
I've had jobs that restricted internet browsing, used time punch cards that were older than me by at least 20 years, and false promises of full 8 hours worth of work at sites that took 2 hours to drive to. Everyone has their own horror stories of that one job. However, despite this, I don't believe people ever left that one job because it lacked free snacks, free internet browsing, or anything of that sort - it has always been due to poor management. That made it easy to look for another job and even easier to leave the old one. This was not the case anymore.
So why change when the current company offers everything you are asking for? Hell, I even live an easy 10 minute walking distance from my work! The new opportunity awaiting me offered nearly identical benefits other than the fact my commute to work would become 45 minutes.
Though I had a competitive salary, stock, and a team to lead, my opportunities to learn more were a bit stumped at work. I had picked up books and attended online classes like coursera, but it wasn't enough. I can only get so far on my own and I know that I am the kind of person that needs a direct mentor in mobile development. There wasn't a growth program that really suited my needs at work and I don't blame the company for that - they are on a huge growth streak and developers didn't have the bandwidth to be mentors. Even though I was growing with the company and became a lead, I had my own growth and my own timeline to consider.
The new company I am at now offered me a fast track in reaching my personal goals. To be clear, it's not that my previous company didn't want to help their employees with their goals, it was just a matter of implementing a meaningful program that would benefit everyone at the company which means it will take time. This new company already has a program in place and others have already gone through it. Even so, it was a tough decision, but I ultimately had to be a bit more selfish and look out for how well and quickly I can reach my goals.
Though it was difficult to leave such a great company and an amazing team of people, I am excited about my new opportunity. My goal hasn't changed, but the route I'm taking definitely has and hopefully, it will be the shortcut I'm looking for. .