No - this is not about dating.
Today I learned that my newest colleague has already decided to leave us. They are going back to their older agency for a position which will give him a better shot at supervisory authority. I understand his need to advance his career that way and wish him all the luck.
This does make me wonder about how my career is going.
Overall, I like my job. I'm not in love with it - but then, I don't think I love business life in general. I'm not really highly paid, but I don't really have the responsibilties that deserves the highest level of pay. I would say I'm paid fairly. And the truth is money isn't everything.
I like the people in my group - they are intelligent and interesting. They can sometimes drive me crazy - but I assume I do the same thing to them on occassion. I work in a relatively small group, and each of us have our own niches, although we do work together. But this means that we cooperate more as peers of one another instead of a series of subordinates. I particularly like this. I would say that daily we work very independently. And I like the mix of the analytical and creative stuff that I get to do.
But sometimes I worry that I'm not ambitious enough for my own good. Should I be wanting a job where I oversee people or make more money. Do I wish that I was featured more? I'm a background supporting player (an important background player, but in the background none the less). Do I need to be featured more.
I don't think so. I see my dad and all the clawing he did to get to the top and all he lost when it all crumbled and I just don't know if its worth it. It's just a job afterall. But it's not like I have a family with whom I'm sacrificing career advancement for. Does it make me lazy being this satisfied with what people may call a mediocre job? That's what worries me.