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Just Ask Jan: Not Done Growing

Posted By Amanda Parsons, Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Dear Jan, 

Recently my agency has gone through a structural reorganization and an opportunity has opened up above my current position.  My long-time manager and mentor has recommended I apply for the job.  However, doing so means giving up parts of my job that I love and I'm not sure if I'm ready to take the leap.  How do I know if I'm ready?


Not Done Growing.


Dear Growing, 

Wow!  A restructure is an exciting opportunity for an agency to explore and experience the job and challenges of change.  Employees can really benefit within the profession when this type of situation occurs.  For you, the question begs the answer if you are ready to take a different path.  Would you be willing to self-reflect and ask yourself these three questions?

  • Are you ready to grow both personally and professionally?
  • Would you regret it if you didn't apply for the new position?
  • Lastly, would you enjoy teaching someone else (new role as mentor) how to perform some of the tasks you so enjoy presently?

From what I read in your message, you have a champion that has confidence in you and you have the prospect of a promotion and those don't happen every day.  If you can answer yes to at least two of the above questions, then you are ready.





Jan Wirtz is the Recreation Superintendent at Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation.  With her years of history comes sage career advice for park and recreation professionals at any level in their career.

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