I think sometimes people get so involved in a job that they don't realize there are opportunities other places. They think, "This is the only thing I could ever do." And that's why people stay for long periods of time. I've gone through that phase in my life, and I realized that it isn't very healthy to have that kind of an attitude. Not only is it smart from a business perspective to always be aware of what's going on in a marketplace, but sometimes you just move because there's more money or more opportunity. The job serves as a way to get money to have a better life and as an outlet for your need to work and create and control and resolve or whatever. And you can do that in lots of different places.
A woman's interest and immersion in work usually precede her career planning.1 Once acclimated to the content of corporate life, she turns her attention to its structure and her place within it. Women have been characterized as passively waiting to be chosen rather than actively steering their career course, as men theoretically do.2 Moreover, women's addiction to task mastery rather than career planning and their familial-like attachment to the company of their employ presumably combine to keep them in a job too long.3
Although some women interviewed felt at a standstill, most had experienced considerable mobility. Hope's remarks at the start of this chapter suggest that women's immersion in a particular job to the exclusion of other skill development accompanying career mobility is temporary. The premise here is that women's job immersion is a func-