This week I have to make an important decision on whether or not I want to stay at my current job which is in hospitality or move to a retail job. I have spent 3 and a half years at my current job. I waitress and bartender outside of university and also do bartender shifts at special events. In starting this job 3 and a half years ago I had no experience in hospitality or even work experience in general. I have learnt so much about food, alcohol and how to deal with customers, this knowledge and skills is now embedded in my mind. I have developed so much and am currently a manager at my work. However I feel In addition I am bored and unmotivated to work and have no desire to do the best I know I can do. This why I have been looking around for a new job so that I potentially grow and develop.
Julia and Marks reading called Learning and developing from managerial work experiences emphasise the different views towards learning and development. Learning for managers is referred to as “training and product knowledge, whereas development is seen as acquiring greater general competence or capacity” (Davies, Easterbay-Smith, 1984, p 170). At first I agreed with this concept, because although I was trained and gained extensive knowledge from these trainings, it was not until I actually started serving customers that I became more competent. Revans (1971) cited in Davies, Easterbay-Smith, 1984, looks at development as the stage that the individual has reached in his or her ability to learn. In relation to my current situation I feel that I have developed as much as I can. I can either stay at my work and where it is safe and guaranteed a stable pay, or I can move into a new field where I can learn again and where I have the potential to develop. In starting at a new job I can also apply and practise double loop learning as well as my reflection process skills. Currently I am so used to my job I don’t have any passion to try and reflect on anything and just rely on a single loop learning concept.
Although there are many other factors to consider when changing jobs, I feel a job move may be the best option for me in terms of my personal development. Whether it is short term or long term development, I am up for the challenge.
Davies, J., & Easterby-Smith, M. (1984). Learning and developing from managerial work experiences. Journal of Management Studies, 21(2), 169--182. doi:10.1111/j.1467-6486.1984.tb00230.