BLUF: I'm almost 3 years out of Uni, and 18 months into my first ever role in this industry, and I'm 24 (just to give context of how junior I am). I'm an Executive* and I'd like to be promoted, but just as a position opened up that I could have (and feel I should have been) prepared for taking, they're hiring from outside the company to fill it.
My question: should I consider moving elsewhere, if my priority is to do more advanced-level work (and to get paid better!) within the next 3-6 months? Even if I get promoted, won't I just end up doing exactly what I do now, just with a new title? Won't there be too many cooks?
A Senior Strategist left, leading to a reshuffle in the team. My original line-manager (a Senior Strategist) is now managing a different Strategist and his Executive; the Strategists she originally managed got promoted to Senior Strategist, and she's now my line-manager.... but I'm not being promoted to Strategist beneath her, I'm staying an Executive, while they bring in a new guy.
Team structure, to be clear then, goes Executive (me) -> Strategist (what I want, but what they're hiring outside for) -> Senior Strategist (my line-manager)-> Head of the Team (Manager/Boss/Guy-who-controls-my-addiction-to-food-and-shelter)
My priority is to be doing more advanced-level work. Of course I want better pay and a nice title, but my biggest frustration is that I'm doing the same bitty stuff I did when I joined, and I want to be doing stuff that really stretches me.
I blame myself for not fighting harder to be given more responsibility, especially given that my manager... is.... a nice guy, but he's unreliable, and the kind of guy you've got to chase, and chase, and really keep reminding him about stuff. I'm young, y'know, and I'm learning a lot of lessons here about how careers progress, but yeah - I'm now in this position where my thinking is this:
Say they promoted me in the next few months (salary review is in July, and likely discussion about promotions and stuff too). That means there'll be the Head, two Senior Strategists, three Strategists, and one Executive. And so... what'll happen is yes, I'll get swallowed up the oesophagus, making it bulge out at the Strategist level, and all it'll mean is I gain a new title, and probably a bunch of new work, but... without a new Executive for me to palm the smaller stuff onto (and I highly doubt they're gonna hire the guy above me, promote me, do the July salary raises, *and then* hire a new guy as well), my fear is that nothing will really change - I'll simply have more work to do, without actually advancing from lower-tier work to higher-tier work.
I understand every promotion means taking on a bunch of new stuff it seems you'll never have time for. I just think, if it were a kitchen, you've got the potwash boy, then the vegetable chopper, then the guy preparing the soup, and up and up, and it seems to me like I'd end up trying to do the more complicated work of doing the soup, with no one handling the vegetable chopping or potwash, so I'm still gonna have to do all that myself.
I don't want to winge and say oh-me oh-my isn't it all unfair. I'm just wondering if my assessment of the situation is correct, and if any of you have faced anything like this early in your careers? Did you just buckle down and accept it? Or did you leave and work elsewhere? I'm particularly interested in what happened if you did jut buckle down?
*I think in America an Executive is a high up guy; at least here in England it just means the lowest of the low, the guy who finally "executes" what's set at the top level.