(Closed) Have I been at my job too long?

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 4
4027 posts
Honey bee

@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
2942 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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
1268 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1994

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
3263 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

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.

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