I know many people would just love to sit at home while the money comes pouring in, I would love that too, but we are not part of the 1%...So we have to pursue other avenues to make a success of this thing we call work.
My colleague is leaving our company to pursue a different avenue to achieve his life goals, which had me thinking.
Sure he gets alot more money where he's going, sure he gets the opportunity to meet new people, new industry to learn and new projects to tackle, but my focus is on what he said the main reason for his exit is.
He felt underutilized, in our company we try and promote high performance, as with every other company, as that is what Gartner says is right, but what is high performance in a corporate culture? Working weekends? Getting as many sales as possible? Chasing unachievable goals?
For my colleague, it was simple - he wanted to work, and he felt that with his qualifications (MBA) and his experience, he should have been operating at a leadership level by now; he was operating on my level! And I fully agree with the guy, he was probably using 5% of his brain with all the governance and red tape and templates in our area, we did some asking and its more or less the same with our competitors, while these aspects are crucial in successful projects/work, it somehow stifles the growth aspects of employees in an area where their potential is not used at all...
I somehow feel the same, I know I know, I'm only 26 and I've yet to learn the ways of the world, but when one churns out projects by the bucket load every month in time and in budget with smiling customers...something new must be waiting on the other side of the horizon.
I'm thinking of sitting down with my wife, looking at our family plan and what we want to achieve (we don't believe in career goals, rather life goals - work is a means to an end...) in our lives and for our kids. Whatever the answer to this is will be the deciding factor of whether I will pursue an MBA/Masters and start looking at different places to work in my industry when I turn 30...
So I have 4 years....I hope they are not underutilized!