The Career Doctor™
by Dr. Jacqueline Hornor Plumez
Looking for a first job? Thinking of changing careers?
Facing a lay-off? The Career Doctor™ is a Larchmont psychologist
specializing in career counseling. If you'd like to ask a question of
your own, use our anonymous form, and she
might answer you here. Read more about the Career Doctor here.
Contact information is here.
ASKING A MANAGER FOR NEW OPPORTUNITIES
Dear Career Doctor:
I have been in my current position for 3 1/2 years (and have thoroughly enjoyed it), but would like to
take on new and more challenging opportunities. What is the best way to approach a manager/director
when asking for change?
Go to your manager and say how much you have enjoyed your work. Then say that you feel you are ready
for some new and challenging assignments -- and ask how that can happen.
A supportive manager will try to give you the challenge you need in your current department -- or
will help you find other opportunities in the company. No manager likes to see an enthusiastic
employee leave, but a good manager realizes it is unfair to hold good employees back.
Unfortunately, not all managers are that supportive. So if you suspect that your manager
# 1. has no challenging opportunities to give you, and
# 2. is the kind who will be angry and consider you disloyal if you want to move to a different
department, you could be risking your job if you ask.
If you do not think your manager will help you, here's another possibility: Try to meet managers in
other areas of your company and explore what they do in their departments. Hopefully, one will
recognize your worth and enthusiasm and offer you a position.
The Career Doctor
The Career Doctor™ is Larchmont
psychologist and career counselor, Dr. Jacqueline Hornor Plumez.
Her office is at 90 Beechtree Drive in Larchmont, 914-834-1982.