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Question :

I just switched jobs to another bank and after joining I've found that the company has a completely different working culture from the US co that I was with before. They take a very conservative approach and are very hierarchical.  I'm still within my probation period, should I see if I can go back to my old job or try to find a new one?

Posted by DH on Sunday, 06 Oct 2013

Comments :

Fraser Douglas - Career Doctor

Posted Friday 8th November 2013 01:11:00 AM


Dear DH, Thank you for your question and congratulations on your new job. In my opinion, there is always a period of acclimatisation when switching employers, every company is different and has its own style and way of doing business. It takes time to settle in and truly understand how a new employer works and, in most cases, it is worth doing this before making any decision. Switching jobs frequently is a real concern for potential employers, there will be a question mark over your decision making abilities and also your commitment that will be a focus point at future interviews should you resign during your probation period. It would also be useful to know how long you were with your previous employer and whether this is your first job move. It is fairly normal to assume that the working practices of your first employer are standard industry practice and it can be a real shock when you move for the first time and find that that's simply not the case. Whatever the situation is though, this isn't the time for a knee jerk reaction; you need to really consider your options and the consequences before making a decision. Think back; why did you make the move in the first place? I assume that your new role is a step up in responsibilities and in some way can be seen as a career progression. If that is the case, consider the trade-off between the challenges culturally and the increased responsibility. If you put in two years with your new employer, could you use this at a later point as a springboard to a better role in a firm you feel more of a cultural affinity to? You also need to consider your relationship with your previous employer; did you leave on good terms? Would they take you back? Some companies have a policy of never re-employing ex-members of staff, they may have already hired (or promoted) someone to replace you? It is also worth noting that to be a fully rounded professional it is useful to have experienced a variety of working cultures. Being able to demonstrate how you dealt maturely with your current situation as part of your on-going development could, perversely, really help your career over the long term. Whatever decision you make, the best advice I can give, is make sure you make it logically and feel you can justify that decision to any future employer. Making a rash decision now could really hurt you in the long term. Good luck. Fraser Douglas

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