Is Job-Hopping the New Career Path?

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While a more traditional approach to work in the past may have been to aim for a career path with one or two companies, things are changing. As the workforce becomes younger and more dynamic, many people opt for working briefly in one position after another rather than staying at one job or organization for a long time—as such they are commonly labeled as “job hoppers.”

While a cautious outlook may be good, bold could be better, with job hopping potentially enriching one’s experience. The more experience you have had with change and with different working environments, the better you become at dealing with diverse situations.

The Science Behind It

There have been many studies educating employers on how to retain employees, however some findings also support the notion that changing jobs fearlessly could improve employee engagement and job satisfaction.

According to the 2019 Staples Workplace Survey, 41 percent of employees would be willing to take a 10 percent pay cut for an employer that cares more about their wellbeing. And nearly a third of millennials said they’d be chasing higher salaries at another employer within five years regardless. Another study by London-based ThriveMap reported that 73 percent of Gen-Z workers (those aged between 18 and 24) had left a job because it didn’t match their expectations.

New Mindset

The change in perception reflects a different mindset among workers. Comfort zone and salary are no longer the chief parameters in deciding when it is time for change.

One of the effects of becoming comfortable with job hopping could be becoming attached to skills and activities rather than a particular company. A comfort zone limits your career aspirations and may limit potential you do not even know you have.

Job-hopping gives you an opportunity to explore different sides of the market and your industry, offers you substantial exposure compared to your peers, allows you to build a solid PR network, and demonstrates how intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.

Sometimes good is not good enough, and we are all entitled to seek what’s best for us.  It is never advisable to fear change, when change can keep us evolving and exploring new paths. When you reach a point where you are fully convinced that your job meets your future aspirations then you can leverage all the experiences you have equipped yourself with throughout the years. Most important of all is making the best out of whatever comes your way.

This Article was previously published by Forbes Middle East.


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