Does Career Progression Need To Involve Leaving Your Current Job?

 The misconception

A common misconception amongst working professionals is that they believe in order to advance in their career, they have to leave their current job, and then move from one job to the next every 3 years or so. This is not strictly true; in fact, many companies offer excellent promotion tracks and opportunities to existing employees provided they perform well and have the ability to move up in their job.

Why stay where you are?

There are possibly more reasons to remain in your current company than move to another for promotion and career advancement purposes. Striving for a promotion with your current employer as opposed to searching elsewhere is more advantageous for the following reasons:

  • You will be familiar with existing protocol and company procedures
  • You will have a good rapport with management and staff
  • You will have earned respect and a good reputation by working your way up rather than going straight in at the top
  • You do not need to go through the tiresome job searching and interview processes
  • Your continued enthusiasm and motivation to excel in your current company will show you to be a loyal and dedicated employee

Can moving jobs get you higher up the career ladder quicker?

There is some truth in the statement that moving from one job to another every 3 years can get you up the career ladder however it may not necessarily get you promoted quicker than if you remain in your current company.

Usually, when you move to a new company, you will expect to receive a slightly better remuneration package, incentives, and the hope of a better job title with more responsibilities. However, it is not quite as simple as this – many companies glamorize their job titles and you may find that your ‘supervisor’ status in your current job is better in terms of training and development than a ‘manager’ position in another company.


If you do decide to take up a position with a new employer, you must not only consider the job title and pay rise you may get, but you must evaluate the type of duties you will have and whether it is an advancement on the current responsibilities you have.