Since graduating from college 6 years ago, I have had four jobs and several career changes. Graduating into a highly competitive job market made it almost impossible for me to work in the career of my choice. So, I had to gain skills – slowly working towards my preferred career path.
In the past, job-hopping has been viewed in a negative light – as a lazy and self-serving action, carried out by someone who has no value for loyalty or long-term security. Fast forward to present-day, and skipping from job to job is very common and actually encouraged. Although millennials seem to get the blame for the decline in workplace loyalty, companies are also less likely to provide their employees with the valuable benefits they once offered. Job turnover rates are higher than ever because “the grass is greener” and there is always another company that offers higher pay and better benefits.
My goal was to add value wherever I worked, but to ultimately qualify for a career in investments and finance – my core passion. I started out working in insurance sales, a job I took for the sake of earning an income. But I learned far more than I expected! I traveled, networked, acquired several licenses, and sharpened my communication and negotiation skills.
Although insurance commissions could be very lucrative, I jumped to my second job as a recruiter to be closer to home and travel less. Although it gave me a 30% raise, it was still not in the field of my choice. A year later, I was offered my 3rd job in banking – less pay, but a bit more relevant to my ultimate career goal.
Several years into my banking career, I was offered a job with an investment company – exactly where I wanted to be. My initial salary offer gave me a 100% raise and significantly better benefits, something that came as an unexpected surprise!
During this time, pursuing my career goals was not the only thing I was focusing on. I was also increasing my income through side hustles and real estate. I didn’t want my job to be my only source of income, leaving me dependent on a career that would ultimately take my time and freedom – two invaluable commodities. My long-term goal was to acquire a life where the 9-5 was a choice, not a necessity.
As my career progresses, it gives me the financial ability to invest and pursue other sources of income that I would have never been able to afford if I had not job-hopped. The companies I left simply replaced me and wished me well on my career journey. Don’t let these common reasons hold you back from pursuing your goals! If you are struggling with leaving your job, read this article about the steps to successfully leaving your job.
Success Stories? Barbara Corcoran, best known for her role on the ABC TV show “Shark Tank”, already had 20 jobs by the time she was 23. She didn’t let social norms or fear hold her back from accomplishing her goals.
If you are worried about what your job-hopping may look like to potential employers, don’t be! Changing jobs is extremely common and their perception of you will be formed by the way you portrait yourself. Be confident in the skills you have acquired and explain the reasons for each change. This encourages conversations about your expectations, interests, and preferred company culture. You don’t want to work for another company that is a poor fit for your set of skills.
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