Why internal vacancies can be a good opportunity

Are you feeling up for a new challenge in the workplace? Are you ready for a change but are afraid of the risks associated with changing jobs? Do you want to try doing something new but are concerned about starting over from scratch in a new environment? If all this sounds like you, then looking at the internal vacancies in your institution is probably a good place to start.

Why move internally?

Here are the best reasons for you to consider applying for an internal vacancy in your institution, as opposed to joining a new institution.

1)      Familiar environment: If you’re afraid of changing environments, then moving to another department in the same institution will solve this problem for you. You won’t have to change your commute, your daily routine or your familiar surroundings, and you will still know a lot of the people you will be meeting on a daily basis.

2)      Less competition: Positions advertised internally are not available to the general public, which greatly eliminates competition to just a few applicants. While externally advertised positions tend to attract between 30 and 60 applications per post, internal positions normally attract much lower interest – in some cases no more than 2 to 3 applicants. If you also consider that not every applicant may be well suited for the position, you can see how your chances of being offered the post are very much boosted.

3)      Known competitors: One of the most stressful parts of a selection process is knowing that, no matter how good a candidate you are and how well you are prepared, there’s always a good chance that someone may come across as even stronger. When applying for an internal vacancy, it’s likely that you may actually know who else in the institution is going for the position, which will give you the rare chance to prepare for the interview knowing your competitors’ strengths and weaknesses.

4)      It’s still a change: You may stay within the same institution, but you will also get the change you were looking for. You will still move into a different department, meet new people, find yourself with new work conditions and policies, and possibly the challenge of a different work subject.

So, are you still thinking about it?


About Christina Tsirou

I work for Roehampton University in South West London as the Research and Business Engagement Officer. The Research and Business Development Office, which forms my department, was created recently, and therefore I am the first holder of the above mouthful-of-a-role. This is very exciting, as I get a lot of freedom in forming tasks and developing areas of responsibility for the post. At the same time, it is also very challenging, as how things will be organized and work in practice remains to be seen. Together with the rest of the team, I contribute to various aspects of the so-called “third stream income generation activity” on behalf of the University. Third stream income is a relatively new term, meaning revenue that comes from outside the traditional sources of government funding and tuition fees. Some sources of third stream income can be Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, IP Commercialization, business start-ups and spin-offs, Development and Innovation Grants, executive courses, and partnerships with the private and public sectors. I am also heavily involved in the team’s efforts to encourage entrepreneurial thinking and work across campus by coordinating internal and inter-collegiate events and workshops for both students and academics. Finally, part of my work is devoted to fostering strong links with the local community, mainly through relationship-building events.

One Response to Why internal vacancies can be a good opportunity

  1. I have myself looked to move position internally within a school, although at the time I did not take the opportunity offered. Yes, internal job applications employers receive less applicants and their is a restrictive pool of talent. The employee is staying within the environment they know and the employer has already seen some of your talents and commitment to the organisation.

    Do I agree with just internal applicants only? In some cases it is beneficial, although not always. Bring an employee into the organisation then you are brining in new ideas and talent, and yes you retain talent with internal applicants only.

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