Should you ever turn down a promotion?
April 18, 2012 8:35 AM Subscribe
I think my boss is about to offer me a promotion. What should I say if I'm not sure I actually want it?
posted by forkisbetter to Work & Money (8 answers total)
I arrived at my current job when I was desperate for any job I could get after graduating from college. I'm lucky that I ended up working at a pretty decent gig, it's just not what I want to be doing for the rest of my life. A promotion would result in more responsibility, but not much of a change in what I already do. Any raise would be small.
After a two years of pretty dull corporate administrative work I promised myself I'd start applying for jobs that will help me get experience and skills for pursuing my dream job as a science writer.
I don't plan on leaving immediately, but I have been planning on applying to new jobs in earnest starting in the fall. Depending on my luck with applying, it could even take an additional six months or longer to even get a new gig.
My boss wants to have lunch to discuss this, should I be honest with her? Should I take the promotion, even if it's likely that I might leave in six months?