Welcome to the next blog post in our series about things that a professional in the Engineering or Information Technology fields can do to limit their career opportunities. We started the series with a post about why not being willing to relocate can hamper your career growth and potential.
In this blog post, we’re going to address not wanting to work for a competitor and/or feeling as though you’re being disloyal to your current employer.
Let’s get one thing straight at the outset: there’s nothing wrong with loyalty. It’s a good trait to have. However, some professionals take loyalty to the extreme. They take it so far that they value their loyalty to their employer over their loyalty to themselves and their career. And that’s when it can become a problem and hindrance to long-term professional growth and satisfaction.
Unfortunately, there are some professionals who mistakenly believe that just hearing about another opportunity in some way makes them a disloyal employee. And if that other opportunity is with a competitor of their current employer, then in their mind, that makes it even worse.
Keep in mind this is just if they hear about the opportunity. This is not even a situation in which they agree to pursue the opportunity. They think that just hearing about it makes them a traitorous employee.
Here’s the reality of the situation. If you’re a top performer within your company or organization, then that means you could be one of the top candidates in the employment marketplace. And if you’re one of the top candidates in the marketplace, then other employers are most definitely going to be interested in you. They’re going to be interested in employing you, so they can be the beneficiary of the tremendous value that you provide.
In order to successfully employ you, officials at these companies and organizations know that they must be prepared to offer you greater career advancement than your current employer offers. They’re prepared to offer you more of just about everything—opportunity, advancement, flexibility, salary, benefits, and perks.
As we mentioned earlier in this blog post, it’s admirable for a professional to value loyalty. There’s nothing wrong with it—to a point. Once again, you must balance the loyalty that you feel for your current employer with the loyalty that you feel for yourself and your career.
Then ask yourself these questions: “How loyal is my employer to me? How much of a priority is my career to the organization?” These are certainly fair questions to ask. Perhaps you’ve never asked them before. You should entertain the possibility that your employer is not as loyal to you as you think it would be. (Or should be.)
And if that’s the case, then at what point should you be more loyal to yourself and your career?
The Doepker Group has experience placing professionals in the Information Technology and Engineering industries, and we can place you, as well.