Patricia McKenzie is talking to Rivka Bar-Hillel about her career. Read the conversation…
Patricia: So, how long have you been working at Glendale’s?
Rivka: Just over two years.
Patricia: And how’s it going?
Rivka: Well, you know, Glendale’s is a great company. I was really excited about joining the firm after I graduated, but for the last year I’ve been working in the back office, dealing mainly with compliance. And it’s a bit dull, really.
Patricia: Well, Glendale’s is a big group. Have you considered moving to another position inside the company?
Rivka: Yeah, I have actually applied for a few internal jobs that were posted on the company intranet, but I didn’t get them.
Patricia: OK, so what sort of other jobs are you looking at? Would you consider moving to a different firm?
Rivka: Hm, well, as you know, my degree was actually in International Business and Management, and, to tell the truth, I’d really like to do something more hands-on.
Patricia: Like what?
Rivka: Well, managing a project would be good. And working with a team to build something new, something innovative. I’m sick of checking documents all day. I want to do something more creative and challenging.
Patricia: I see. And what about leaving Glendale’s? Is that something you would consider?
Rivka: Well, if it was the right opportunity, yeah, I would. I mean, Glendale’s have been good to me and it’s a really prestigious place to work, but it’s really process-driven. The work’s quite repetitive, at least what I do is. The actual investment side of the business is more interesting, but I haven’t been able to break into that. It’s also got quite a macho company culture, especially among the investment team.
Patricia: Yes, that’s true. It’s got a reputation for being quite testosterone-driven and even aggressive.
Rivka: Yes, it has. Actually, I’d like to work in a firm that’s more supportive and where you can develop your professional skills without having to always look over your shoulder. In fact, I wouldn’t mind working in a start-up or a young company, as long as I feel I could make a valuable contribution to the growth of the business. And not feel that I’m being judged all the time.
Patricia: Well, it certainly sounds as if you already know the sort of place where you’d like to work. I suggest you do a thorough search of job options and possibilities. A good way of doing that is via LinkedIn. You should also update your CV and make discreet enquires. I wouldn’t say anything to your manager at Glendale’s just yet, but once you find a good opportunity and you get a positive response you’ll need to hand in your notice.
Rivka: Yeah, I think you’re right. I need to find something that motivates me. I feel like I’m stuck in a rut.
Patricia: Well, I’m sure you’ll find a place that suits you. It make take a while, but it’s definitely worth it. There’s no point in doing a job that makes you miserable if you could find something you love doing, is there?
Rivka: No, there certainly isn’t!