When to switch jobs

I came around this quote from Seth Godin and started looking for the bigger story. You should read his post (2006). It makes sense when you feel like you've reached the limits of what you can do in your company.

The time to look for a new job is when you don’t need one. The time to switch jobs is before it feels comfortable. Go. Switch. Challenge yourself.
— Seth Godin

I didn't need a new job

Image by  Luke Chesser

Image by Luke Chesser

I left Nascom mid November 2015 to go work at Elision. But why? I had fun clients as a Project Manager and a great last year as a full-time Scrum Master. My colleagues where some of the most brilliant people to work with and damn, we worked hard but played even harder. Every event or party we had, was a memorable experience.

So why look for a new job? The situation that the company was (put) in *, gave me the push I needed. I wasn't going to sit around and wait for someone to decide our future. If someone has to decide my future, I would rather have it be me.

The search

After almost 5 years at Nascom, I had a pretty good idea of what I would want in my next job:
- a role as a Scrum Master/coach of a team
- a company that truly believes in an agile way of working
- a company that invests in its people
- a company culture that came close to what Nascom had (I knew this would be the hardest part)

I came up with a short list of 3 companies that I'd like to meet:
- the "really far from my comfortzone" choice abroad: sent a nice reply that my skills/expertise didn't match what they were looking for at the time.
- the "close to what I already do" choice: I had a friend working there. We had two talks, but I realised this wasn't going to be the next step.
- the "something totally different" choice: didn't even reply to my mail and call. That deserves a post in itself.

An unexpected match

Not really sure where to look next, I decided to reply to an opening that a friend showed me. Another technology, other kinds of projects,... I didn't really know what to expect. One day later, I was surprised when I received an invitation to come over.

In our first talk, it really "clicked" and soon after they asked me for a second talk. So here I am, working at Elision (part of the Xplore Group cluster in Cronos). Just about 2 months in, I'm really glad I made the step. Elision ticks all the boxes of what I wanted to do next.

* The good news: on 15 January Duo announced they are taking over Nascom. I think it's a great step forward for both parties and wish them the best of luck!