How is it that when we think about a professional career we constantly have in our minds the image of our parents spending 40 years in one workplace and retiring in glory on a well-deserved retirement, while we do not manage to start realizing ourselves in one company, and we are already thinking about the next one?
– “A year of work is probably too short, they will call me a ‘jumper’, two years is already something, three is the absolute maximum, because four is already too long…”
Have you ever had such a rant at least once in your life? Let us reassure you. There are at least as many opinions on how often we should change our place of employment as there are people in the job market. According to the results of research conducted by the pracuj.pl portal, as many as 35% of employed Poles consider changing their job. However, instead of “after how long do I look for a new job?”, we should ask ourselves “why am I looking for a new job?”.
Each case should be considered individually, and the resulting variables are really many, ranging from the industry in which we work to strictly private aspects of our decision. For example, let’s take the IT industry and the research of the bulldogjob.pl portal, already quoted by us earlier.
The IT industry is a very specific environment, but similar research could certainly be conducted in other branches of the economy, and the results in each of them would differ to a greater or lesser extent. Why? Because the decision to change employment is not only influenced by the professional environment in which we work, but also by such aspects as:
the position we currently occupy – career levels in each of the professions can differ significantly, sometimes the jump in the corporate hierarchy takes 2 years, other times 5;
- stage of career – each of us has different ambitions, what for one person is the peak of achievements, for another may be just the beginning of the road, in addition, after reaching a certain level, the tendency to change and seek new opportunities decreases;
- prestige of previous employers – references are very powerful, once you have taken the chance of a lifetime and earned recognition in the eyes of your superiors backed up by resounding results, it may be the job that starts looking for you and not the other way round;
- projects on which the candidate has worked – as above, being in the right place at the right time can completely change your perspective and the way you look at the world, opening up completely new opportunities;
- past achievements – an impressive CV certainly doesn’t hurt when checking how much you are worth in a rapidly changing job market;
- progress in skills – constant work on ourselves is certainly noticed sooner or later, the most important thing is to be aware of how it can be valued and when we should look for the opportunity to “shift into the next gear”.
There is no happy medium in this case. The most important thing is to be able to argue the rightness of our decision in front of ourselves, taking into account all pros and cons and being fully aware of them. Self-confidence combined with an honest, sincere attitude has enormous power. Then no potential interview with a recruiter will scare us, because we will be able to present our choices in a logical and convincing way, regardless of whether we have worked in the same company for several years or several months.