is it just me? i am wondering what the "normal" is out there.
how often do you switch jobs/ or how frequently are you dissatisfied?
Up until my current career, I switched about every two years. As it is now, I have done the same job (teaching) for almost nine years but never longer than three and a half years in any one building. I am actually getting itchy feet and considering changing again, but this may pass. We will see. How often do you switch?
EXACTLY this... i have been doing what i do for about 10 years now, with kind of a concentration/service area switch right in the middle, but i tend to leave a place for another one after 3 years.. and even good situations start to feel constrictive after 2. dh thinks i am crazy.
Hmm...I held the same job from age 17 (first job) to age 27 (a few months ago)...I did work various positions there, and some other side jobs along the way (actually I couldn't make myself completly leave - I am still employed there on an extremly occasional basis I work) I've been at my new job for around 3-4mos...the only reason I left my old job was that I felt I needed a little more room for growth and also my current job has tuition remission so I can get through grad school - honestly once I graduate I will probably leave my current job (due to pay) and I wouldn't be surprised if I go back to my old job, just a higher position....
I think I might be kind of minority for staying that steady and from such a young age lol...
Uh... Ok, three companies in 4 months once. I'm in contracting and we lost a contract got picked up by another company, but I had my resume out there and so got called for a different company... And my pay and position went up up up! Before that I was military and before that I held a job for 3 years at the same place.
lunarlady, i can relate. i get bored or frustrated or intolerant of management. In high school I worked the same job for 5 years part time. I worked a few different jobs during college and summers. I worked my first job out of college for about 18 mos, then had a job for a year then a totally different job in another field for 3 years. then I was a SAHM and volunteer for 7 years plus I became a doula for about a year. my first part time job back in the work force was a private practice then I worked a job for less than a year. right now I have pretty much dropped my private practice I have a new job which I WANT to QUIT which I have been doing for 9 months!!! I just started Nursing school and I want to quit that too...it has been 3 months. I really want a job where I can do what I know and get paid and respected for my skills and experience. but I can't get experience because I feel like crap at my jobs!
My longest FT job was 23 mos. Most of the time I'd last 6-12 mos before needing a change. At 3-6 mos I'd have learned what I needed to for the job and boredom would start setting in. I can only deal with boredom for so long before I need a change. That and corporate politics give me hives.
But that means that I have a very extensive eclectic resume, and that makes getting a job difficult (even before kids).
I think for how much time you stick with a job really depends on an individual. I know people who are with their first company for over a decade. But then I have a friend who has already switched jobs 4 times in last 1.5 years. She gets bored easily.So, it really depends on a person, his/her career goals and the opportunities an employer provides to fulfill the goals.
My last 4 jobs have been 5 years (laid off), 2 years (took a position closer to home- I was driving 50 miles a day), 7 years (jumped ship because of a lack of advancement opportunities & stability) and I've been at my current position for 8 months and I plan to stay there for at least 2 years if not longer.
Ugh... now that I'm happy where I'm at, job opportunities are being blasted at me monthly! A friend of mine just got asked to go to Germany from my company. I want to go. 3 yr commitment and they'll pay for housing and his kids school. SUCK! I want to stay with this company as this is the norm. And I love this job. I think I can finish out the remainder of the 3 yr commitment I have here. Fingers crossed!
I've been in my field for over ten years. My first job in the field, I stayed at for 6.5 years (they paid for me to get a grad degree, so that helped keep me there. Then I left and took a job I stay at less than a year. Then was someplace 2.5 years. I've been at this job 1.5 years and am feeling a little itchy and trying to fight it! I think people show you their good side for the first year, now my boss's true colors are coming out and I'm not sure I like them. But I like my work and the organization as a whole, and the benefits and pay would be tough to match, so hopefully I can work it out. I have the chance to get another degree for free here, am thinking maybe that would motivate me to stay. But with two small kids and a traveling DH, how on earth would I find the time?