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    Risky Business

    Dun dun dun dun dun dun dun (now that's stuck in my head all day)

    For those of you in the working world, have you ever had a chance to take on a new role but felt that you didn't have all the experience and capabilities needed and weren't sure how well you would like it/how it would work out? If you took that risk, how did it turn out? If you didn't, do you regret that choice? What was the deciding factor in your decision?

    I want to hear all about it!


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    Re: Risky Business

    This is due to your dream, isn't it? Good luck in the new position! I don't have any real experiences like this, but the bigger the risk, the bigger the reward. If I had an opportunity presented to me, I would like to think I would take it.



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    Re: Risky Business

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonin View Post
    This is due to your dream, isn't it? Good luck in the new position! I don't have any real experiences like this, but the bigger the risk, the bigger the reward. If I had an opportunity presented to me, I would like to think I would take it.

    yep, totally about that dream (seriously, though that freaked me out) haven't made any decisions yet as I had kind of moved away from that area and like where I am now......hence the asking lots and lots of questions.


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    Re: Risky Business

    Baby Cruise.



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    Re: Risky Business

    I took a job as the CFO at an international manufacturing company 4 years out of college. I was totally unqualified and probably only got the job because the guy who hired me was a complete moron, but it was worth it. I was careful, learned as I went, and ended up staying for over 4 years. I eventually left because the moron that hired me was my boss and I couldn't handle working for him any longer.

    I have a great job now and never would have made it here if I didn't have that previous position on my resume. The amount I learned and the confidence I gained was huge.



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    Re: Risky Business

    I've been promoted up two levels of management, well before I felt I was ready. Initially I didn't want to be in management at all.

    Both times I took the role because my choices were either to do the job until someone else is hired then train that (probably incompetent) person to do the job. Or take the promotion and get a nice raise. Put that way, it seems like a no brainer.

    Both times it has worked out very well. The biggest problem I've had is that generally when you are promoted to a new role, you end up doing your new job and your old job for a period of time.



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    Re: Risky Business

    Sometimes you just gotta say, "What the ****!" Go for it Joel!



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    Re: Risky Business

    I can live with having tried something and failed. I can't live with not trying at all.



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    Re: Risky Business

    this is all the same advice I'd give to someone else..............just not sure about it for myself!


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    Re: Risky Business

    Quote Originally Posted by cowgirl836 View Post
    this is all the same advice I'd give to someone else..............just not sure about it for myself!
    What do you have to lose? You're young without a lot of risk (unless of course you end up pregnant or something which changes the whole risk dynamic depending on your savings/other income). Worst case is you get in over your head, realize it, and get out before things go to hell. Best case is you thrive and can use that to further your career. That sounds like a pretty easy decision to me but I'm a risk taker and not all that risk averse. Hell, my favorite part of my job is taking clients who are about to go under and trying to turn them around (think "Bar Rescue" on a wider scope). They don't turn around? I don't get paid.



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    Re: Risky Business

    Quote Originally Posted by IcSyU View Post
    What do you have to lose? You're young without a lot of risk (unless of course you end up pregnant or something which changes the whole risk dynamic depending on your savings/other income). Worst case is you get in over your head, realize it, and get out before things go to hell. Best case is you thrive and can use that to further your career. That sounds like a pretty easy decision to me but I'm a risk taker and not all that risk averse. Hell, my favorite part of my job is taking clients who are about to go under and trying to turn them around (think "Bar Rescue" on a wider scope). They don't turn around? I don't get paid.

    well this is all within the same department, and I do wish to stay at this company. I would be getting out of an area that I do like, has huge potential for growth, and I am really good at/helped develop, to do something I am not as enthusiastic or knowledgeable about even though at the moment, I would be the most qualified (which isn't necessarily saying a lot) to take over. So I guess for me the risk would be getting out of what I like and am good at to get into something I'm not passionate about.


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    Re: Risky Business

    So do you want to work for a guy who's less qualified than you? I'm using guy in the non-gender specific sense.



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    Re: Risky Business

    Quote Originally Posted by Rabbuk View Post
    So do you want to work for a guy who's less qualified than you? I'm using guy in the non-gender specific sense.

    well if I stay where I am, I wouldn't be. I've picked up more of this side of the dept because the person who's leaving was cutting back their hours and I was able to pick up what they didn't have time for. I don't report to the person leaving. I used to, but then my role changed. If I turn it down and they hire someone else to run it, I would likely work with them on some things, but I would not report to them.


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    Re: Risky Business

    Do you want to spend the rest of your life wondering..."What if I would have taken advantage of that opportunity?" As a couple of others here have said - what do you have to lose? You get one shot - GO FOR IT!


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    Re: Risky Business

    follow the money.



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