I'm seriously thinking of changing companies and careers after almost 20 years. I do not dislike where I am. I have many great colleagues there, and know the inner workings quite well. I've had multiple different careers within it.

This is for those who have left a company after 10+ years. Why did you do it? Do you have any regrets? Are you happy with your decision?

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I left after 10 yrs. Ina similar situation. I left because i was feeling held back with not more room for change or growth. That said. The grass is not ever greener. Leap with caution ask a lot of questions in your interview, really understand the dynamics and the culture. I wish I stayed where I was.

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Appreciate your perspective!

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Hey was in your exact shoes and about 5 years into my move, i was quite scared at the time. I Can say its not without new very difficult challenges but the benefits and growth that comes from it was life changingly for the positive. Its more than I ever expected or could have recieved from old job simply due to their cultural set up top down.
If your gut says its time you should listen and take the risk at something exciting, you only live once.

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I was with an org for 10 year when I made a change. I LOVED any company and that job, but after moving i realized how much staying at on place slowed my growth and gaining new perspective. I still ‘miss’ that job. But I don’t regret leaving. Now I’ve been at my current org for 6 years and feeling like it’s time again to expand my horizons

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Thank you!

So I did it and loved it! As a matter fact still loving it and pivoted even further right at the start of the pandemic. Do it… From a former teacher turned management consultant turned career coach/change management leader🥰🤗🥰

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How did you pivot from teacher to management consultant?

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Yes. I did it for a career change. I miss the stability of having my reputation established and knowing the political inner workings. Plus my historical knowledge was helpful to my coworkers so I was a go to gal. Now I'm learning a new profession AND I have to catch up on everything else.

I'm happy with my choice but I wish that my old employer would have found a way to make my new career work for them just so I have SOME stability/measure of comfort during my day.

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Do it!!! Today the company loyalty is out the window. They will eventually replace you with younger cheaper workforce, enjoy the opportunity…

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I left after 10+ years, but it was because I had to. My US based company wouldn’t let me work in Canada, so I had no choice.

I don’t love my new job or new industry, but it’s only been about 3 months, so I’m trying to be open minded and give it time. (I did love my prior job.)

Ask yourself what’s making you think about leaving? If you’re happy (which it sounds like you are), what’s missing? Are you bored? Complacent? Looking for more money? Wanting to do something totally different? Can you resolve this with your current employer?

If you leave your current job/company, what will you be giving up, and are you willing to give those things up?

Just some food for thought!

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I did after 7. Your health is important and happiness is important. It's okay to make a calculated change for your well-being. Relationships can carry with you.

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In the same position! Been with the same company for 7 years and see how much they value the product over the dedicated people building the product. While I’ve tried to hold on, I too agree that health and happiness is more important.

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I’ve made the same pivot after 15 years, I would say the biggest adjustments were finding my footing and networking in my current environment. Agree with some other perspectives that it has challenged me to move outside of my comfort zone and expanded my growth. Hope that helps!

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One word of advice: changing companies and careers are two different decisions. When you change companies, you can expect to be paid more and respected for your accrued experience in your role and industry. But you may have to step back while you upskill when you change career paths.

On the other hand, salaries have increased rapidly in some professions, and it's possible entry-level roles pay equal to or more than your current salary. So it might be the ideal time to make that leap if your current job no longer challenges you--especially if your company is bringing in new hires at significantly higher pay than yours.

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This is a good point to clarify. I am looking to take the skills and area I am currently working in (OCM) and switch to a new company.

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The first company I worked at for about 12 years. For the first 8 years there was a lot of growth in terms of my career and salary. But towards the last years, I felt that I wasn’t going anywhere further at the company. Furthermore, the last year I was there we were acquired, and the company culture changed completely for the worse. Not only they laid off a lot of people (in which those who remained took over their responsibilities), but the company started to have extremely tight deadlines. It felt I had 4x the work as normal at times. Since my work life balance was non existent at that point, it was a no brainer that I had to start looking elsewhere for my career

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I stayed at an employer that I loved, and still love, after 21+ years (high-tech). Looking back, I was burnt out and not feeling productive. I wasn't stagnant as I was receiving consistent performance reviews, raises, and promotions. I admit, I had a near death experience the year before I left which gave me a whole different perspective. I was fortunate to leave with a very generous package and planned to take a year to 18-months off to recharge, be a SAHM etc. 6-weeks in my family said I was driving them crazy and to please get a part-time job or something that got me out of the house for a while. I ended up staying in the career field but changing industries (restaurant) and it was invigorating because it was so different yet the same. After three years I moved to a non-profit and am now back in tech (different company). I have struggled with my decision now and again because I miss my former company and the work they are doing, tools etc. However, I believe the decision I made was the right one for my physical and mental health, gave me a different perspective, and led me to where I am now. Good luck!

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Just curious any reason why are you looking to leave if you are not dissatisfied?

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Understandable. I’ve been recently looking outside of my company due to a lack of development opportunities and a poor manager at the moment. I think if you take your time and something matches up, you should go for it!!

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Same here. 20+ years in same company. Looking for newer challenges.

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Career,& salary growth along with company culture have always been my top reasons. Happy yes, for varying reasons. Mainly because I like new challenges.

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Do it, assuming you leave the right way, you can always go back

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I'm in a similar situation after being with my company for almost 23 years now. I'm considering leaving because I have very limited growth room and compensation is not even close to the market. I'll be interest to see how your transition goes.

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Thank you

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