I, posted awhile ago, that I was trying to get promoted to a "Software Development Manager" position.
My interview went relatively well, thanks greatly to fellow MT member Wendii, but alas, I didn't get the job.
Now, I'm feeling a bit "adrift" and am not sure what to do next. I'm hoping I can get some advice here on what my next "career" steps should be. Should I stay with this company and continue to try to get promoted, or should I move on.
The company I work for is about 30 people. We have a COO that used to be my boss. My new boss is the "Director of Product Development and IT".
Since not getting the promotion, my opinion of the company has changed. Maybe it's sour grapes, but there have been some occurrences that lead me to believe this isn't the kind of company I have a future with (i.e., focus on outsourcing rather than developing internal software development; dismissal of people "without cause"; hiring of a lot of administrative people in lieu of people who actually "do work").
I feel like I have two choices:
1. Continue trying to move into management here (I've been told I'm next in line, for what it's worth). Even if it's not a long term job, it would be easier to move, laterally, into management at another company than restart the the process of trying to get promoted.
2. Move to another company now, and start the process over again with a company that I feel will be a more long term opportunity.
Also, I'm relatively "old" (turning 40 this year). So I feel a bit like I don't have as much time to waste on "bad" opportunities.
Any advice is greatly appreciated.