/ Asked by Jonathan
I've been with my company for almost three years now. Have had the opportunity to go for a short international assignment and have landed a role that I'm very happy with. Problem is that it's not clear what the next move might be. I've been in this role for a year now and there's no path for development. When is it the right time to explore externally?
Answered by Tom, Hiring Expert at VF Corporation, on Friday, June 8, 2018
You've been with your company for 3 years now and 1 year in your current role, that is a more than fair commitment, now is the right time to explore externally.  Remember, you're just exploring, if you find something better, go for it.  If not, continue to keep an eye out externally, but also see if there is anything else internally you can gain some more experience with.  It may not be a new role, but is there a project team or two that you can participate in, any training you can take advantage, even volunteer opportunities.  You may wind up making connections that lead you to that next role you are seeking, even if that is with another company.  Continue to try to make the most of what you already have, but always be open to explore something else.
Answered by Hector, Hiring Expert at Tenneco, on Monday, July 9, 2018
Be bold!  In business, everyone thinks they are too busy, and although some companies are great at development it is not a given everywhere.  So although your boss might want to spend time coming up with a plan for you, he might not be prioritizing it.  Build a development plan that suits what you would like to do with specific actions.  Be realistic considering your organization.  In other words, don't expect to be the CEO tomorrow.  Share what you feel in your leadership needs developing to get you to that next level.  Take that to your boss and discuss it.  Schedule time on their calendar.  You most likely will find that it is important to them as well because if you get stronger that helps their department.  If you get promoted that makes them look good.  Lastly, they might genuinely care about seeing people succeed. 
It is a very strong candidate market right now due to record low unemployment rates and high open job rates.  If you are not a fit for your organization (if they are not trying to develop you) it could be a good time to see if other companies will help you grow.  
Hector Hernandez
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