Gone are the days when nimbly capering from job to job was considered career suicide. According to stats by social research group, McCrindle, the national average job tenure is now around 3.3 years.
Why? Millennials today are up-skilling, chopping-and-changing lifestyles (moving house or relocating) and shifting from employment to self-employment (and back) more than ever before. Combine this with a more flexible employment market and technology shifts creating passive job seeking opportunities (“Hey LinkedIn friend, I’m on the hunt again, hook me up”) and we’re gaining the so-called balls to make a job (or career) switch if we’re not happy. So how is that a good thing?
Not all of us begin illustrious careers in our dream job. In fact, most of us probably left school with no idea what we wanted to do when we grew up. And still don’t (and haven’t).
Testing the waters in a range of jobs can help you scope out various industries, increase your qualifications with training and work out what kind of company culture suits you.
Fast-track your goals
Having the old ants-in-the-pants dilemma when it comes to changing jobs can mean a faster advancement in your chosen career.
Particularly if you aim high, are focused on defined goals and you’re a natural go-getter who apes up career ladders faster than King Kong. (Colleagues may just hate you, that’s all).
Show me the money
Millennials are often about embracing the mantra that they can always do better. And most job transitions offer the opportunity for a raise.
If that’s not an option, your new boss is either a complete tight arse or has set you the challenge of finding other crafty ways to boost your earnings. Like money laundering (jokes).
Sharpen your skill set
The pay’s shite, but you have the opportunity to work with a close-knit team of gun teamies and have started to increase your management capabilities. Stick it out.
Additional skills can beef up your CV and show future employers you’re not afraid to be an anally retentive bossy boots.
You’re down with it
These days, those with hiring power don’t necessarily power-bin a ‘busy’ CV. In fact, some recruiters see it as a positive if you’ve been willing to take on a variety of jobs.
It shows you’re flexible, comfortable with adjustment and could easily transition to a new position. Possibly on their lap.
I’m leaving, but can we still be friends?
So you’ve done the deed and your exit shindig is locked in, but you should still try and make the leap as smooth as possible.
Consider an adequate handover, be subtle about your reasons for leaving and absolutely insist you and your boss remain buddies.
Because you never know, you could be contemplating an Arnie in the near future.