It's always hard to have friends leave you behind. I recall one of the most depressing type of experiences during my army service, one amongst many but a particularly memorable one, being the sight of friends that joined after me getting released from the army before me (not everyone has to serve the same duration at the Israeli army).
Of course, these days I am not in the army nor in Israel anymore. However, the sight of good friends leaving my workplace does have significant impact still. It sort of brings that good old notion of "what am I still doing here?" into the agenda again. Some major career moves of mine have started through these very thoughts.
And now I'm at that same junction point once again.
This time there is a twist. Not only am I having my best work friend leaving me behind; this time I have my workplace going through a peculiar chain of events that, essentially, mean it will shut down in a few years time. Probably two years in the minimum and four years max.
And while two years is still a long time, the realisation that the place I go to work at on a daily basis has no future in it for me is proving to have significant impact. What reason do I have to make an effort at such a workplace? Sure, I value my income for the next few years, but as far as aspirations and motivations go, they all disappeared into a black hole.
Thus I find myself as a peculiar position. Career wise, it is clear that the best thing to do would be to abandon ship and look for something else. On the other hand, staying put would mean enjoying all the benefits my doomed workplace has to offer, and there are certainly plenty of those; it also means a potentially nice redundancy package down the line, if I prove patient enough.
Given the frequency of good jobs in my field, the general lack of companies that make me feel "wow, I this is the place I should be spending the bulk of my conscious hours at", I suspect it would be that other hand that prevails. Regardless, these are testing times.
Image by David Jackmonson, Creative Commons licence