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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 experiencesJournal of Management Studies, 21(2), 169--182. doi:10.1111/j.1467-6486.1984.tb00230.


  1. First off- its quite refreshing reading a journal not about MikesBikes or solely about the readings but actually about real life problems so that is appreciated. 

    As I understand it your problem is that you have become unmotivated at work due to repeating the same tasks and a lack of progression. I think the reading from this week is very relevant to your concern about being able to continue your professional development. As you say your choice is either stay with stable income and limited development or find a new job and potentially develop further. Without knowing any specifics of you or your job, I think perhaps there are further options though: is there any way you can take on new tasks in terms of management at work? As the reading you referenced also discussed development from managers within the same job provided they experienced novel things. Or perhaps as a manager you could focus on how you could facilitate other employees in developing themselves.

  2. Hi Salome. I couldn't agree more with Matthew on how interesting this journal is after 7 weeks of "indulging" ourselves in Mike's Bike. Besides, the week's reading is quite relevant to the situation that you are in, giving your journal a good flow. Since you have been in the hospitality sector for that long, development through experience is natural. It's depicted through the fact that you became a manager although you started without any work experience at all. The question that I asked myself while reading this journal is why such development led to boredom and a lack of motivation. Is it necessarily because of the job? And would switching job help at all? Anyway I hope you have already got the answers to these questions and good luck for your job search!