Re: Dear Register --- Careers Advice Column :)
One should also survey the terrain and the job they seek. Our department changed management seemingly yearly for a lot of dumb reasons. The biggest though is the manager at the next level got promoted or quit and then the new manager wanted his/her 'friends' in the group supervisor position. I watched that for many years. I had a lot of people pushed me to apply for the supervisor of Support the next time it came up. I never did. I was happier being a grunt in a remote office (one man show there) and remained gainfully employed unlike others who tried to jump up the company ladder.