Originally posted by: CelticHeathen
I am concerned that leaving a Graduate job after less than the 2yrs looks bad on both my CPD and CV.
Why do you think this? If you decide to apply for another job which improves your career prospects that looks good from everybody's point of view. Because decent jobs don't come up that often, it's perfectly acceptable to apply for an appealing job at any time, your argument will be "this (new) job is the direction I want to go in, so whilst I would like to have completed my graduate training I wanted to grab this opportunity." This says a) you really want to work for the new company and b) you are committed to training - and would hope to see some from your new employer.
No jobs (in the UK) have barbed wire fences around them, if you don't enjoy it try finding something else.
BUT, one caveat, do make ABSOLUTELY SURE that the problems are all on your employers side and are not any of your own baggage - otherwise you can just hit the same problem again and again. I know you say "as are other staff", but (without getting deeply into the psychology of groups) there are lots of reasons why those around you can seem to be holding the same opinions as you - whether they actually do or don't. Find a friendly manager, as senior as possible, and try and have a quiet word to just check there isn't a perspective you are missing. Don't complain, just lay out how it looks from your perspective and ask if they think there's something that you are misunderstanding. It will not do any harm, and can often do you a lot of good.
Edit on first paragraph: Don't keep changing jobs after 18 months though, that does look bad. But once or twice early on while you're finding your way in your career is fine.
Andy Millar CEng MIET CMgr MCMIhttp://www.linkedin.com/in/millarandy
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