A good Boston.com article on how career paths aren't always linear. I'm a big subscriber to this point of view, and currently am taking a very non-linear route in my career. Career success is not always up the ladder
"Hurtig said she was earning $250,000 a year as a vice president when she left Ceridian. As executive director of The Samaritans of Boston, the suicide prevention organization, her salary is $90,000." Oh, yeah, this path is for everyone, right. Mark, I agree with you, it is very good to step away and do something else, it gives you different perspective. But not everyone can afford it, not people who live paycheck-to-paycheck trying to fulfill their American Dreams. You can counter that this is how we will eventually select leaders from "worker bees", but this is not a "general discussion" topic, I presume Shura
Originally posted by Shura Balaganov: Oh, yeah, this path is for everyone, right. Mark, I agree with you, it is very good to step away and do something else, it gives you different perspective. But not everyone can afford it, not people who live paycheck-to-paycheck trying to fulfill their American Dreams.
Come on, you know better then this. Where did I say this for for everyone? Where did I say people should accept lower paying jobs? I never said you should look for lower paying jobs. For some people, yes, less pay but more rewarding is better, but not for everyone, or even for most people. I very clearly said "non-linear" not "economically non-monotonic." Personally, I thought the more relevant points were:
Article: As a result, some employees will ask to step back to a more "hands on" position....For example, if you miss the technical work or find out that spending your day managing people is not your forte, say that to management. Then move on to explaining what you are good at and would like to do. ... An often-seen lateral move is that of a small company middle- or upper-level manager moving to a lower-level position at a larger company.
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