Post # 1
I’m not very career-minded but I work a job that I enjoy. I’ve been there 6.5 years now. I didn’t worry that much about this length of time as my husband always says “It’s only a good thing! It shows loyalty” etc etc but when I went online it was an entire different story. Most websites are telling me that I really need to be changing jobs every four years like the ‘average person’ these days (goodbye long service leave then!) , and that I’m nearly 3/4 of the way through ‘the first 10 years of my career which are the most vital in establishing growth’.
There’s no room for growth in the company I’m currently at, I’ve reached my full potential where I currently am.
I’ve started looking around for a new job the past month (it’s DIFFICULT! hardly anyone responds!) and had 2 phone calls. One I had to turn down straight away as the company was just too small and the 2nd one was so depressing and soul-destroying I couldn’t continue to pursue it.
Now I’m just plain worried that I’ve stayed in my job too long and people are going to think I am not able to change or have no motivation to further myself.
I guess I’m just looking for hope here. Has anyone else been in or known of people in similar situations to me where they went on successfully?
Post # 3
Another thing ‘against me’ at the moment is that we’ve booked and paid for a 5 week holiday to Europe in May and June next year, so that might hinder my chances of finding a new job, and if I don’t get a new job until AFTER the holiday I’ll have reached seven years in my current job by that time.
Ugh, I’m so sick of worrying about stuff!
Post # 4
@amyinbrisbane: First, breath. Just because a random internet article tells you should do something, doesn’t mean it’s the best advice or right for you!
I think it really depends on what your long term career aspirations are and where you want to be. Are you happy where you are? Though your company doesn’t have room for growth/moving up, is that something that you want? Do you want/need to have a variety of experiences and exposure to multiple companies?
Personally, since graduating from college, I have worked at 2 organizations for a total of 3 1/2 years. Before graduating, I worked at 5 different organizations. I have been at my current job for almost two years (two positions due to promotion) and plan on staying for at least another 3-4 years.
Recognizing that I am young (25) and just starting in my career, I recognize that my organization, which is a start up, has the best combination of opportunities, growth, experience and compensation for me right now. My plan is to establish myself in my field and then look to move on depending on where I am in the future.
Regardless, I don’t think you should worry too much about being in a job too long, but focus more on what you want accomplish career-wise. You may realise that staying at your current job for a few more years is a good choice. Or it might be time to move on. I would just say, don’t look for a new job because you think you should, do it because you want to.
Post # 5
That is the average of when people change jobs, which does not mean that is when you have to change jobs. I think its so much more important to enjoy your job than have a “typical career.”
Why are you changing jobs other than you should? Is advancement more important than something you enjoy?
I am 4.5 years at the same company, and while I have had some advancement, I’m still in the same career line I started with. I like what I’m doing, I have decent benefits, and I see no reason to leave.
Post # 6
If you are happy, you should stay. Don’t leave just because you’ve been there a long time. Leave if you are unhappy (with pay, position, lack of room for growth, benefits, collegues, etc.)
Post # 7
I’ve been at my job 8.5 years. I used to work summers here before that for 4 years. I don’t make the greatest pay, moving up won’t happen anytime soon since it’s such a small company (later move with better pay coming sooner), but the benefits are worth me staying here such as my free health insurance and the ability to walk to work everyday. I’m not going to listen to that article and neither should you.
Post # 8
Thanks ladies, and actually it was articleS plural lol… but the recruiter rang me this morning ad I was able to ask him, and he should know since he looks at resumes every day. He said it was definitely a positive thing 🙂
I still enjoy my job, and I’m not a career climber but I am keeping my eye on what is out there.