Q I work in a public sector organisation, and the senior staff in my department have all been there for 30 years or more. People have been promoted on longevity rather than meritI should not be doing this. I should be over it by now. But reading this cri de coeur and the response reawakened all the old issues.
The advice of course is get another job - but what is not said is how you explain why you want another job and what kind of reference will you get from your incompetent bosses. In organisations like this - and there are plenty of them - blame always trickles down but all praise gets trapped at the top. The boss takes credit for your successes and you take the blame for his failures.
I wish I had a better solution, since changing jobs can often be quite traumatic on families when relocation is involved. And getting a job in a new city means breaking into a whole new network unless you are widely known and have a strong reputation in your field. Maybe that is where the stimulus comes from for all those conferences and seminars.
Your career is your possession - but don't expect that other people will not try to take it from you if they can