Dear Experts, How do you tell if a job is dead-end? I'm going on an interview with a company for an entry-level position and want to figure out what the growth potential is. Are there things I can look out for? Questions I'm allowed to ask? I don't want to blow the interview and seem too pushy, but I really want a job that will let me build my skills and not get me stuck in a boring, dead-end position. Here is how our T.A.P. experts answered this question:Q#282 Dead end? Ask y position is open n/or Y positions open up n company. Ask about company growth n research industry. (@kgrantcareers) Q#282 Interview a 2-way street. Ask what you need to know. Look @ potential for exp as well as & advmnt ops. (@dawnbugni) Q#282 You can lrn skills, bld ur career w/ANY job; 2 advance l8r act as if in higher job; move cos if nec. (@juliaerickson) Q#282 Maybe ask for more/diff job responsibilities? We always hope for an upward step on the rung, but... (@teenarose) Q#282 If you want rapid growth, look to smaller companies. Don't be afraid to ask about growth rates in an interview. (@gradversity) Q#282 Dead-end jobs = position where YOU can't see a next step. Identify a path & make sure this job is on it. (@jtodonnell) Q#282 It's perfectly acceptable to ask about growth opportunities in the position you're interviewing for. (@beneubanks) Our Twitter Advice Project (T.A.P.) is no longer an active campaign. To find an answer to the above question, please use the "Search" box in the right-hand column of this website.

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