Christy wrote asking for my opinion on her situation but I’m not comfortable giving advice in this case because I can see both ways as being tenable. Also -not that anyone would describe me as opinionated- but I’d hate to erringly influence her. Would you all mind tossing this question around and posting your suggestions in comments? Thanks muchly.
I have a work-related issue and was wondering if you’d give your opinion. I was hired into a company two months ago as a patternmaker and illustrator for activewear. I quickly realized that I have many more duties like writing spec sheets and coordinating with the in-house sample sewer as well as cutting samples. I don’t really feel comfortable with all of my duties since I’ve only been out of school for a year and I have no real supervisor, but I’m learning and doing a pretty good job (in my humble opinion!). Today I got a call from a costume company’s HR person and she said she would like to interview me for a patternmaking position. The company is bigger (my current company is maybe 5 people) and I could work under a head patternmaker which is what I really would like to be doing. I want to learn more about patterns and know that what I’m doing is correct. Do you think it’s wrong of me to interview at another company when my boss has invested the last two months in me and I’m doing tons of work for him? I like doing a little of everything but I’d also like to have vacation days, benefits, co-workers.
When I wrote her back asking for permission to reprint this on the blog, she assented and added:
That’s perfectly fine; I can see how others would be interested in the answer. After talking with my dad and my sister who works in retail management I’ve decided I should probably stick with the company I’m at for now so that I can get more experience and hopefully help my boss get to a more organized place. My sis said that having any more than two jobs in my first year out of college could look a little fishy; do you agree with that? I think I’m going to tell the costume company that I really appreciate their interest and that I’ll contact them in the future if I could help them out. I definitely don’t want to burn bridges and my city has a pretty small fashion industry so every contact I make is great.