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Transitioning from BDR to AE - same company or new?

I am at the point in my career where I am ready for the next role.


My company has expressed that they want to move me to an AE role but there is not headcount. How long do you remain patient for spots to open verse looking elsewhere?



If you were ready to move to AE what would you do?
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CuriousFox
WR Officer
+11
Needer of Life Alert
Give yourself a time limit. If nothing happens then look elsewhere.Β 
AK_47
WR Lieutenant
+3
Sr. Director of Sales Development
Wait it out! I promise it's worth it. You're already an expert in prospecting, knowing the product, creating a personal brand. Get your experience as an AE at the same company then leave and go elsewhere if you want. A matter of months in the grand scheme of things isn't the end of the world.Β 
thegreatestsalesperson
Notable Contributor
+17
AE
It very much depends on circumstances.Β Β 
-Time at the company (how long does it typically take for people in the company to move from SDR-AE)
-Total time as an SDR
-Pay (you might be able to get an AE role but could pay less than what your company pays AE's, especially true in different segments of SMB vs Mid-market vs Enterprise)
-Are you happy with the current company product, people and process
SalesPharaoh
Politicker
+8
AM BDR
if you can wait it out wait it out, the problem is if you have an existing offer elsewhere then there is the time question.Β 
Balloons4baboons
Opinionated
+2
Account Executive
I voted spread your wings but kind of regret that now. How long ago were you told to wait for a headcount? Did they give a timeframe as to when you will be made an AE? I think we've all worked at a company with an SDR/BDR who has been told they'll be an AE in 6 to 9 months and by a year and a half they're banking on empty promises at that point.

I'd see what the path has been like for other BDRs at your company and compare that to your own and see if it seems likely or not. If you can wait it out and they have a solid track record of moving solid BDRs into AE roles, I say wait.
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