We’re into an era when a lot of people in associate roles or whatever are hesitant to move because there aren’t a lot of jobs opening.
If they’ve been in a place for a few years and they’ve built up a bit of seniority and trust, they don’t want to go somewhere new and start all over again.
That may go against the theory of Jim McLaughlin, now a senior vice president at Troon Golf, that you shouldn’t be in one place for more than a few years, that you should want to move up and move forward.
It’s a great idea and I don’t dispute that, but it changes when there are so few jobs where you can move up the ladder to go to these days. There is little domino effect, so a lot of people stay still.
Jim’s philosophy is that if you’re working at a facility, within two years, you should be able to take your boss’s job and your boss should be able to take his/her boss’s job. I think he was thinking about the Intrawests and Troons, where they had several facilities.
As I say, I’m not disputing his theory, but circumstances have changed. From the standpoint of educating yourself and learning the job, he’s totally right. I’m just not sure it’s an absolute reality these days.
My theory when I got into this business was that I wanted to see private, public and resort facilities and teach. I didn’t want to stay anywhere that long and I didn’t. Four years was the longest I stayed anywhere.
If you get into the industry today, unless you’re willing to move long distances, I think you’d want to find a good place where you’re comfortable, stick it out and move up the ranks there. You could be there 10 to 15 years.
As for moving those distances, everyone has to make their own individual decisions on what’s good for them and their families.
For some people, moving around can be extremely easy and for others, it can be tough. For a lot of people, maybe they don’t have families, it’s very easy to move, it’s exciting and it’s something they want to do.
For others, they have additional considerations, which means that if a move is a required, it needs to be limited to within a certain area.
Circumstances have a way of changing even the wisest philosophies.