Answered by Monica, Hiring Expert at Emerson, on Thursday, June 9, 2016
The good news is that you’re already actively working in the industry you’re interested in. At this stage of your early career, being a recent grad, it is OK to pursue opportunities that best fit your career goals. Ultimately, if you’re not happy with your current job, you’ll most likely end up moving on. The question is - can you learn new skills at your current job that could eventually transfer into useful skills within Production Engineering? Beyond having a job, you’d want to start working toward building a solid career path. And sometimes we don’t realize that within our career path we may in fact be required to have knowledge and skills that are outside of our educational background, such as finance and budgets knowledge, marketing skills, sales experience, customer service acumen, etc. Basically, you could already be sitting in a role that provides a great learning opportunity while you search for your next career move.
Another advantage of working while searching is that you are able to directly network with the production team and engineers who already work at your current organization. Building a reliable and trustworthy career network is important. Maybe the organization holds Kaizen or Lean events that you can participate in, or committees you can join; either will provide you with opportunities to network with peers and even utilize your engineering knowledge and skills - or learn new ones.
Ultimately, it does make sense that you move on to a role that best suits your career goals. However, learning new skills and building your network while searching are a great way to optimize the role you’re currently in.