Forbes says that by 2020, we’ll make up 40% of the workforce. By “we”, I mean us tenacious, tweeting, instagramming, facebooking … and job-hopping Millennials.
Being in the staffing industry, I talk with clients a lot about job stability and how important it is. For the most part, I whole-heartedly agree. There is definitely a generational difference in how we approach careers. My father is a prime example. He started a job in 1976 and is still happily employed with the same company.
While job-hopping is a quick (and thankfully, an increasingly more acceptable) way to climb the corporate ladder, I’d like to challenge my generation to consider the experience gained, both professionally and personally, from sticking with your current role just a little while longer. If changing a job opens up better career opportunities for you, by all means, do it. But if it’s an easy fix for an imperfect work situation, just remember that no job is perfect.
Imagine your company as a load on a pulley system and your job is to assist in moving that load where it needs to go. A tension force must be applied in order for that load to be moved. This is good tension that might not be comfortable, but allows that load (your company) to move smoothly in the forward direction. Don’t allow this kind of tension to motivate a job change.
Changing jobs can accelerate you from entry level to mid-level in a few short years, but if you’re shooting for a leadership position, consider sticking around for a while. How significant of a contribution can you make in 1-2 years? Maybe a huge one! But if that’s the case, how much more of an impact could you make by stretching that impact to 3-5 years. Moving up within an organization instead of through different ones, proves that you possess something that others did not – that you were chosen over others for advancement.
Understandably, every person and situation is different, and sometimes there are workplaces you just need to run from! And if so, that’s ok. But before making a change, always ask yourself what more you can give to your company to help move it in the right direction. If you’ve invested fully in your company and know that you’ve maxed out your skills and knowledge, then moving on might be best for you and your employer. But if you can give more, chances are you can gain more and that is a route up the corporate ladder to which no one will object.