Knowing when it’s time to go (from the archives)

Arts industry figures share their stories about knowing when it's time to seek the next challenge, and how to handle the process of moving on.

Knowing when to move on from your role is an art form in itself. For some it’s an easy choice, for others it’s a struggle. Not all of us are equipped with the skills to navigate such transitions smoothly, though thankfully for most they come with time. 

If you’re having nightmares about your job or feel that staying any longer in a given role will not only be deleterious to you but to the organisation you work for – clearly it’s time to move on to a new position or place of employment.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts