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How often should you change your position? What’s appropriate

The age of working for a lifetime in the same job until you’re pensioned off with a gold clock is well and truly over.

This shift is a fairly recent phenomenon, but it’s certainly here to stay with an employment climate that relies on greater personnel manoeuvrability and agility than ever before. A result of this is that fewer and fewer people are staying in the same job in the same company for longer than about 3 or 4 years. 

Here’s why you should join them.

To develop your skills

It’s a natural desire for us to settle into a comfortable and predictable routine – one in which we can almost operate on auto-pilot. It’s easy in the short term but, after a while, you’re no longer learning anything new. But, almost daily, companies are changing the ways that they work and unless you’re out there challenging yourself to keep up with the changes you’ll probably be getting left behind.

To keep up with technology

As IT evolves so does the face of entire industries. If you’ve been stuck in the same place for a number of years the chances are that you haven’t been keeping up with these and that could mean you’ll have a hard time taking the next step in your career. In a nutshell, you don’t want to become a dinosaur in your industry by staying at a job for too long.

To seem like a good candidate

Put yourself in the position of a manager who’s looking through the CVs of prospective candidates for a job and comes across one who has spent the last 10 years working for the same company. Among the first question that will arise are whether this person will be easy to train or how they will adapt to a new environment. There are also the questions about why this person is leaving after so many years, whether their skill sets up to date and how motivated they will be. The stumbling blocks are almost endless and can be enough to put off any potential employer.

To advance your career

While you can work for the same company for many years, being in the same role for more than 4 years can be problematic. If you have aspirations to be promoted within your company, you should be looking to do so within 2 years of joining. If you have been in the same job for 4 years, you may want to consider other options and moving on to another employer is one of the most obvious of these.

But don’t move too often

Do keep in mind that moving from job to job too often can also be damaging. Frequent jumping from job to job is rarely seen in a positive light as it can give the impression that you are not reliable or loyal. Also, jumping from place to place can affect your seniority and as well as also making you feel as if you are taking a step backwards whenever you join a new team.

So  as with anything in life, think carefully before making any major career decisions and do take the time to see what is happening in your respective industry to see how it can benefit your career. Plus seek the advice from recruitment experts like us and we won’t just be a sounding board to tell you if you’re moving for the right reasons, we’ll also be perfectly placed to find the perfect opportunity for your next move.