/ Asked by Christine
Change is scary, but dead end jobs are only good until they go away. What advice do you have if your employer pays more than anyone else in town but the job has no future?
Answered by Kim, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Tuesday, August 4, 2015
First and foremost, is pay the biggest priority or are you truly looking for more out of your career? If you want to have advancement opportunities, I would suggest checking around to see what’s available and what might peek your interest.  Just because you might start out at a lower salary than you are currently making, should you choose a position with advancement, you could be back to your current salary in no time, plus you have advancement options.  If a position has no advancement and you have the ambition, look around and see what’s out there- don’t sell yourself short!.
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Tuesday, August 4, 2015
I always wanted to be a voice over actor.  Voice a cartoon, be the person who speaks really quickly at the end of commercials to get the legalese in, voice online trainings, doesn't really matter what the work is as long as it is voice over work.  I've done a little here and there for my current company and for previous, but it has never been the one thing I do as my bread and butter, make it or bust, all my efforts into this one pursuit.  Why?  I'm practical and a tiny (please don't tell anyone, it will ruin my street cred) bit afraid.  My job is steady, it is interesting, it is consistent, I'm good at it and I love the people I work with.  Now the big question, what kind of future does it have?  Well, if I wanted it to, it could probably look basically the same, day in and day out.  But I don't see it that way.  Every year I take stock of what I want, what I need and what is realistic to the things I can accomplish in this job and I dialog with my leadership and the people around me about ways I can get involved and make things interesting either through social interactions, special projects or some opportunity I wasn't even aware of until I put out the word that I wanted to find a new dimension to my position. 

Now back to the practical part.  The option of switching things up (however minor that switch may be) in a job may not be an option.  Ok, so now here's where I make a choice.  Is the steady paycheck at the job that is not moving me onward and upward affording me opportunities to pursue other things I really want to do?  If your job is locked down tight and doesn't require every last square inch of what you're capable of so can you learn a new skill, try out a new hobby, go back to school, take on a new challenge? 

I think the question your asking is bigger than straight pay and upward mobility.  Forgive me if I'm headed down my own path to ponder here, but it might be a good time to ask yourself what's most important and then weigh things from there.  Best of luck!  I'll go think about it too.
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, August 5, 2015
You are definitely right, change is scary and changing jobs will bring many changes; however, this can be a very exciting time. Since you already know leaving your current job will likely mean a pay cut, it is the perfect time to make sure that you are saving the most money you can, so that when you do find a job that will give you career mobility you will be less worried about being able to pay your bills and focus more on your actual job. Job satisfaction affects how productive you will be; given that, knowing that there is no future at the company will likely affect how productive you are in your position and happiness level. Having something to work toward is very motivational; so working in a job with no ability to grow very demotivating. It sounds like you are considering moving on to a new company and I think it’s something to highly consider in the future.
Answered by Cassie, Hiring Expert at The Hershey Company, on Thursday, August 6, 2015
Totally agree that thinking about changing companies is quite scary. If you are really looking for a career path and your current company does not offer that, you may need to take a step back to move forward in the long run. You definitely want to make sure that financially you would be okay before making the move, but consider other things like bonus structure, potential merit increases, benefits, etc. Perhaps other companies offer additional benefits that may be better than your current employer and save you money in that way.
Regardless, if you want career growth and know that your company is never going to be able to offer that, I would definitely keep your options open and look for the right opportunity. You don’t have to jump on the first thing that comes your way since it sounds like your job is stable, but really take your time and think about what is important to you and what will keep you challenged and happy in your career. Once again, sometimes you have to take a step back to really get to where you want to be in the long run. Hopefully you will find the right company and that risk will pay off for you in the near future.
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, August 7, 2015
In this scenario, I would ask myself the question 'Do I truly enjoy my profession'?  If the answer is yes, then stick with it.  If the answer is no, then I would recommend strongly considering other options.  Today, whether we like it or not, we spend more and more time working or thinking about work.  Technology makes it almost impossible to truly disconnect from your work.  This is not going to change.  Therefore, it is key to our personal well-being that we genuinely like what we do for a living.  You will be happier and healthier in the long run.  Earning a large salary is important, but if you unhappy doing it and also do not have the time to enjoy the rewards of it, is it truly worth it.  These are the things you should think about when making this decision.
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