CAREER DEVELOPMENT / MAY. 29, 2016
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Career Lessons From a Serial Job Hopper

Job hopping sure has its merits, but it also has its disadvantages. Do you know if you should be doing it, as well? Learn all about job hopping here...

I’m sure you’ve heard by now that millennials are job hoppers. Millennials are currently the largest generation in the workforce which basically means that most people in the workforce today like to job hop.

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In fact, job hopping is so common amongst millennials that 57 percent believe that job hopping is actually good for your career. Changing jobs often is no longer frowned upon – at least not as much as it used to be – and people who change jobs do it because they want to gather as much work experience, knowledge and perks as possible.

If you are at the beginning of your career, you’re probably wondering whether you should be following in the footsteps of most millennials before you or if you should listen to your mum and dad and stay loyal to your current employer. The reality is that you can’t know what’s right for you unless you try both. But, as these two concepts are directly opposed to one another we’ve put together a list with everything a serial job hopping you from the future could tell you now. This should help you decide.

1. Your Job Shouldn't Make You Miserable

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I think everyone out there who’s in the workforce would tell you that there’s no such thing as a perfect job, even the more fun ones will make you worry about your future, even pretty descend bosses will get on your nerves and even friendly colleagues will make you want to kill them. But, a few off days every now and then cannot be compared to the true misery at work some people have to deal with.

It’s important that you wake up every day and be alright with the fact that you need to get to work, not only because this will help you lead a happier life, but also because this can help you advance professionally.

2. You Can Acquire Lots of Knowledge

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What’s great about job hopping is that it allows you to work for a lot of different companies which means that you can pick up lots of different information here and there.

For example, if you are a marketer and throughout your career you work for lots of different companies, you will be able to understand how each company works and what that field of business entails. This means that you can incorporate these things into your work and become more open minded and thus more innovative.

3. You Will Become a Better Version of Yourself

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Starting a new job is always challenging, figuring out where you belong and how to fit into the company culture is always a struggle. But, what’s great about struggles is that they teach us life skills and they make us better individuals. They help us mature and handle situations better. Having to go through this routine often means that you will learn to adapt faster whereas if you only work for one company you will never get the chance to learn these life skills.

See Also: How Frequent Job Hopping Negatively Affects Your Career

Whether you should be a serial hopper or not comes down to what you expect out of life and out of your career. However, it’s important to remember that it’s not in any way obligatory to stick to a company that’s not everything you’d hope it would be.

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