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ASK GWEN “I’m quitting my job because I was passed over for Promotion”

By Gwendolyn L. Baines

- NNPA Columnist

Dear Gwendolyn:
I have been working for a company for 22 years.  For the past 15 years, I have been promised a promotion.  Two months ago they promoted a lady who has only been working there for one year.  The position is executive vice president and should have been given to me.  I am most hurt about it.  The lady came with a Ph.D degree.  But since I have been doing the work, shouldn’t my experience count for something?

Dear Ruth:
It does, but not a Ph.D.  Sure, you may even know more about the job than the new hire. That’s life Ruth.  High position jobs usually require a degree either a Master’s or a Ph.D.  For high positions some companies do not give attention to academics, but most of them do.

Let me tell you this:  The policy of hiring not from within lessens competitive problems.  Too often people will sabotage their co-workers if they feel they will automatically be moved into the  position. That creates danger.  Not hiring from within eliminates that evil idea. If you decide to leave, be sure you have another job waiting. Think about it. The economy is too unstable to quit a job without having another one.  Also remember that a large percent of companies are closing.

Receiving a Ph.D degree is not as difficult as in the past. Many universities have on-line courses. More adult students can now study within the confines of their home. I suggest you research your options into educational grant monies and student loans.  Ruth, complaining will gain you nothing.Change your educational status and change your life.  Then, when you seek a new job and are asked, “ What do you have?” say,  experience — and a PhD.

***Got a problem?  Don’t solve it alone.  Write to Gwendolyn Baines at:  P. O. Box 10066, Raleigh, N.C. 27605-0066 (To receive a reply, send a self-addressed stamped envelope). or e-mail me at: gwenbaines@ and visit

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