Why Switching Jobs a Lot Might be a Good Idea
Have you settled down into a career yet or have you got into the habit of switching from one job to another?
If you have been moving between different jobs then maybe you are starting to feel quite bad about this. After all, you have probably had some people tell you that it’s time to settle down and stick to one job. So, is jumping from one job to another a good thing or a bad thing? There are some reasons for thinking that it could be a good thing.
The Salary Issue
One of the reasons why some people keep moving from one job to another is to earn more money. If you switch jobs a lot and get more money each time then before long you should be on a much better salary than the one you started with. Of course, if you don’t manage to get a better salary with every move then you could find that your earning power stagnates or even starts going backwards. This can happen when you feel that you need to take any sort of job just to get away from your current one, or if you plan to take a step back in order to get a better career but it doesn’t work out. If you are just starting your career then perhaps you will consider that there is still time later on to increase your salary and that now isn’t the time to worry too much about the money you make. On the other hand, if you need to earn as much as possible then maybe you will opt for a more pragmatic approach and decide to switch jobs or not based on the financial rewards.
Learning New Skills
One positive aspect to changing jobs that no one ever seems to mention is that you learn a huge amount of new skills in this way. In my early career I moved from a junior position in a government office to one with an insurance company and then a bank followed by another insurance company, all in the space a 3 or 4 years. I learned different things in each of these jobs and the knowledge I gained has come in really useful in the years since then when it has come to looking for new jobs. Even if you work in a few different jobs that aren’t right for you, there is still the chance to learn new skills and find out about areas of life you might never have come across. Even today I’m fairly confident that I could open a bank account for someone or work out an insurance premium if I really wanted to. Sure, I never have to do these things these days but I can write about them with confidence if I need to.
Finding the Job You Really Want
Perhaps the strongest reason I can think of for changing jobs on a regular basis is to give yourself a better chance of finding the perfect position for you. If you stick to the one job during your whole career then how will you know whether or not there was a better option out there waiting for you? I eventually found a job I really like doing but it took me a good number of job changes to do so. If you aren’t currently satisfied with your career then the only sensible way of improving things is to look for something different. There’s no guarantee that you’ll find it at the next attempt but you should do so eventually. There are many different careers out there and trying as many of them as you can will let you understand which ones you like and which ones you don’t.
Do you plan on changing job a lot in the future?