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    Feb 26, 2011 12:40 AM GMT
    Is there are a rule on going back to work for your previous boss or company? Aren't we suppose to look forward and not look back? Well heres my situation:

    I recently moved last summer to work abroad in Taiwan as an architectural designer. I would say the job is fun, still in the adjusting phase of whether or not I wanna stay with this company long term. I just got an email from my old boss at KB Home in SoCal asking if I was interested in coming back and managing all the architectural projects for their division. It is definitely a job I know how to do well, however there's the salary in questions and time frame. Honestly I don't want to part of the next round of layoffs if the market takes a dive again. In terms of USD, this job will pay more than what i'm making here in Taiwan. So I wanna to get your guys opinion and suggestions. Did any of you guys encounter a similar situation and how did you decide?

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    Feb 26, 2011 1:10 AM GMT
    That was a familiar pattern at a company where I once worked. It was pretty rare to advance directly from technical staff to management. However, you could leave for another company (or especially a government post) then come back a few years later as senior management.

    Also, this sort of thing is explicit sometimes in academia. Most universities don't want to hire faculty, or even grad students who have spent their whole lives at that same campus. It's just too much inbreeding.
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    Feb 26, 2011 1:14 AM GMT
    Job security is an illusion. If any opportunity is going to be meaningful and rewarding, then consider it...even if this means going back to a company.

    In my career, I've gone back, but usually as a consultant making more money.
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    Feb 26, 2011 1:24 AM GMT
    GAMRican saidJob security is an illusion. If any opportunity is going to be meaningful and rewarding, then consider it...even if this means going back to a company.

    In my career, I've gone back, but usually as a consultant making more money.


    Yeah going back as a consultant, better position, and more $ is usually the trigger. I was hesitant because I going back for my old job and the pay would have to be equal or more for me to even consider it. I do like the team of people I used to work with over there. However the new home construction business is really not the most stable industries which is why i'm hesitant to wanna go back. I guess at the end, you have to look out for yourself longer term wise.
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    Feb 26, 2011 1:26 AM GMT
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    GAMRican saidJob security is an illusion. If any opportunity is going to be meaningful and rewarding, then consider it...even if this means going back to a company.

    In my career, I've gone back, but usually as a consultant making more money.


    Yeah going back as a consultant, better position, and more $ is usually the trigger. I was hesitant because I going back for my old job and the pay would have to be equal or more for me to even consider it. I do like the team of people I used to work with over there. However the new home construction business is really not the most stable industries which is why i'm hesitant to wanna go back. I guess at the end, you have to look out for yourself longer term wise.


    Also, when you go back, they will always remember you as you were. Not as you are now. I've found that my professional stature improves as I move from organization to organization, and from market to market.
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    Feb 26, 2011 1:44 AM GMT
    GAMRican said

    Also, when you go back, they will always remember you as you were. Not as you are now. I've found that my professional stature improves as I move from organization to organization, and from market to market.


    Thats a good point, i'll keep that in mind! I just have decide if this interview is worth me flying back 7000miles for. I was just in LA 1 week ago prior too!
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    Feb 26, 2011 4:12 AM GMT
    rjb2001 saidIs there are a rule on going back to work for your previous boss or company? Aren't we suppose to look forward and not look back? Well heres my situation:

    I recently moved last summer to work abroad in Taiwan as an architectural designer. I would say the job is fun, still in the adjusting phase of whether or not I wanna stay with this company long term. I just got an email from my old boss at KB Home in SoCal asking if I was interested in coming back and managing all the architectural projects for their division. It is definitely a job I know how to do well, however there's the salary in questions and time frame. Honestly I don't want to part of the next round of layoffs if the market takes a dive again. In terms of USD, this job will pay more than what i'm making here in Taiwan. So I wanna to get your guys opinion and suggestions. Did any of you guys encounter a similar situation and how did you decide?

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    IMHO,
    Absolutely YES, take the job in SoCal !
    Our economy has already hit bottom.
    But, sock away a lot of savings, just in case. LOL.
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    Feb 26, 2011 5:04 AM GMT
    Backwards? That doesn't mean avoid your previous boss if he is giving you a step forward... It is up to YOU to decide what forward means in your career. I jumped all over the map until I was making 80K per year while working only two hours a day from my own executive suite in the rich city of Irvine. BUUUUUUT then I sabotaged it by not paying taxes. Everything happens for a reason since I have a full-time college education (with living expenses in a nice pad) completely paid for. Go with your hearts desire on this one!!!!