These days, you're more likely to find a forever car than a forever IT job. In fact, many people in the workforce today have only heard about lifetime careers as a musing or fun historical fact. It doesn’t work that way anymore, and maybe that’s a good thing.
Who needs a gold watch at retirement when there are years to fill with varied experiences. Some of the best IT jobs are the ones you haven’t found yet. They’re waiting on the horizon for you to discover them.
Here are 4 reasons your job search might never really be over for good.
#1: New Companies Offer Different Challenges, Projects and Experiences
If you’re like many people in IT and other industries, you understand the power of the personal brand. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to build a strong portfolio of experience around one company’s vision and projects.
A new company offers a different direction, new clients, different vendors and new problems to solve. The more experience you gain, the more well-rounded your personal brand will be. And that makes you a more attractive, in-demand professional.
#2: There’s Always Another Company with Better Culture, Business Ethics, Etc.
Aside from work-specific experience, every company has its own personality. Shopping around for a new job exposes you to new people with different personal backgrounds, new team dynamics, and a whole new outlook on company culture.
You can read about the different ways that businesses look at day-to-day operations, or you can live it. Reading tells you that there’s another way to experience work life. Aiming for a different job lets you try it on for size, which makes you a more well-rounded person and employee.
#3: Maybe Your Life Goals Will Change
When you were 10 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up? Chances are, your current life and aspirations aren’t the same as they were back then. The more you grow in your IT career, the more your goals will continue to evolve. That’s the catalyst that sends many people on their next job hunt.
The interesting thing about new experiences is that they introduce you to possibilities that you might not have considered before. You probably knew that the Big Box Retailer had its own IT team. But what you might not have known about were the possibilities to work with an international team. A new awareness is how specialists are born.
#4: Employers Don’t Expect Permanent Devotion, Either
If you worry about how employers view job hopping, put that fear to rest. You wouldn’t hire on with an employer and then hit the pavement a week later. However, most employers are just as aware as you are that employment no longer ends with a gold watch and pension at retirement.
ERE Media explains that frequent job changes are becoming the norm. Most people in the U.S. stay with a company fewer than five years. They also say “job jumpers are likely to be top performers.” As long as there’s a logical reason for moving from job to job, such as better pay or a better position, the ability to move around in the industry indicates a person who has the skills and motivation to move up.
Fast Company takes an even more aggressive stance. They say “you should plan on switching jobs every three years for the rest of your life.” The stigma is becoming a relic, they explain. Especially with Millennials, the personal drive to learn, grow and advance isn’t indicative of a flaky person; it shows ambition.
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