This isn't a work rant as such... it's kinda like a call for opinions, but my mind is already kinda made up AND I'm not expecting too much response as it seems I have to do boring stuff while everyone updates and comments during the week, and then I'm doing nothing but the internet on weekends while everyone else is doing fun stuff.
Anyways - when I got back from holidays I was informed that our team has been identified as being affected in a 'thing' that's going on with government areas around the place. Basically, in the next 12 - 18 months, 8 people from my team of 10 will be of no use anymore - the system they support is being replaced with a new one and managed by someone else.
The majority of these people have worked together for the last 10 years or so - under my boss' boss. They are the main reason I like my job - I work with fantastic, hardworking, lovely people - the majority of whom I would consider good friends. They help me out to make me seem smarter than I actually am, they keep the system running amazingly without recognition and they're always genuinely interested in each others lives.
When I was informed of the upcoming change, I was also told not to worry as I (and one other guy) are 'out of scope' and won't be 'excess' - our branch head will try and keep us somewhere in the branch, else we may get moved to another decision. "But don't worry".
It hasn't been talked about too much at work, I guess people are trying not to think about it - until this week, when one of the guys forwarded me a job application - I presume half jokingly.
Here's the lowdown:
- Classified two levels above my current position (of which I only secured within the last 4 weeks or so, after over 18 months at the classification lower than that) - However the pay scales differ such that it could be considered only one classification higher than my current;
- Different organisation (I've only ever worked as a pube in my current organisation); and
- Pretty much the same as what I do in my current job but with a bit more of a 'grownup' twist.
The classification thing is a bit of a worry, as I'm not yet that confident of being 'worth' my current classification - although I have acted in it for like 9 months or something.
Pro: More pay!
Pro: Would get to keep this classification if I transferred to another organisation from there
Con: Scary to consider being that classification.
Being at a different organisation is a bit scary too - having only been a pube for less than 4.5yrs and only ever under the one boss' boss and in the same organisation and building and even the same row of bays in the at building. There is a bit of a trend of people leaving the organisation too - the team that was mentioned when the option of staying in the branch was discusses is about to lose their best (and my favourite) team member.
Pro: Dadsy and Eldest bro also work there (in different areas, so it's not dodgy)
Pro(ish): The only other guy I'd be happy to work with (out of my team) is leaving too
Con: Having to meet new people - I'm not much of a meeting people person.
Con: Moving away from my friends (and other staff) at current job
Con: Min 30 minute drive to work (rather than my current 7 minute drive)
The work is slightly different too - my current job but with some extra stuff that I don't currently do - 'analysis' 'workforce planning' 'people management'...
Pro: Obvious room for growth
Con: Not actually qualified/trained to do that sorta stuff
Pro: Surely they'd train me in it?
Thinking about it sends me round and round in circles...
My boss has looked after me so well so far
BUT she can't hand hold me forever
BUT I won't be working with such awesome people
BUT I can't work with them anyway as the team is going to be thrown out anyway
BUT I'm out of scope so should be thankful
BUT it's not my fault I'm out of scope - I always seem the be the last one to leave a sinken (or sunken ship)
BUT I know the data at my organisation quite well
BUT I didn't know it when I started there, so I can obviously learn
BUT I rely a lot on my team members for help
BUT surely that's the same everywhere
Anyone wanna be me for while?
Application closes Thursday.