Leaving a Job I Just Got Promoted in?
Last edited 27/09/2019 - 22:04 by 1 other user
I am a recent Chemical Engineering graduate. As part of my degree, I had to attain 480 hours of professional engineering experience in order to graduate. At that time, it was very difficult to get selected into Vacation programs even though my results and experience was above average. After spending the whole of 2017 trying to find something, and wondering if I would even graduate I eventually got an entry level job as a drafter at a medium sized company. I took it without thinking much of it & and completed my required hours, after which I was promoted to full time position. I enjoyed working here for the last year and half: the travel time was 10-15mins w/ traffic, hours were great, manager was even better and I enjoyed the work environment. The only problem; this job was completely outside of what my field actually is.
So, I decided early this year to start applying for graduate positions in my field. For this entire year, I worked at my company without hearing back from any of my applications. Until last week when I got promoted again, but now into an engineering role. Naturally it came with a pay rise, and I was very happy. Fast forward to today, when I received a phone call from one of my applications for a Process Engineering role I submitted about 3 months ago informing me that I had been shortlisted to an interview.
When I was applying for other jobs, I put my manager as a reference without consulting him first thinking that when the opportunity arose I would simply go in and have a chat with him. I did this to avoid any necessary tension that would have occurred if I told him when I first started applying for jobs.
I am now at a cross-roads; If I decline the interview I could be throwing away a chance at entering into my field, but if I accept and don't progress to the final stages it would tarnish my relationship with my current company and manager.
Any advice is appreciated!