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Did ypu go through multiple emplyers to advance in your career or did you stay with the same job?

Asked Limestone, Maine

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Roberto’s Answer

Updated Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Hello Joseph,

I've experienced both sides , I worked through all my college years and on the early years following graduation I switched employers every 2-4 years ( within and outside my country ), that gives you exposure to different company cultures, styles, office politics, other countries / languages, of course industries and verticals within your specialty, and for the last 20 I've stayed in the same company. I've had opportunities to move but at the end I love it working here with the good and bad things this company has ( all do , no matter which ) , staying longer gives you the opportunity to grow and expand your skills, live in different countries, mature and grow in an specific role / specialty longer than 1-2 years .. so if you're clear on what industry / field is your true passion and decide to pursue a role in one of the lead companies there, then staying a long time makes sense .. if you're going to jump across companies, as long as you add something valuable to your resume and to your own personal profile / character / perspective, then try to do it in your early years . Hope this helps !

Ceil’s Answer

Updated Oakland, California

I laughed when I saw this: my entire career has been a series of new companies, each of which offered me either career advancement or a lateral move to expand my skill set. It has been a wonderfully satisfying career (I'm about to start a fantastic new job, and I'm 65 years old), and I highly recommend it. My experience - and what I've seen of others' experience - is that you will advance more quickly and make more money at each stage by having multiple employers. That said, it depends on the work you want to do - I'm in the learning & development field, which is a set of skills that can flex across multiple industries and content areas. If you're a mechanical engineer specializing in one ME area, your options may dictate fewer employers.

Ceil recommends the following next steps:

  • Search LinkedIn for the variety of companies and industries that hire people in your profession
  • If it's a profession that's relevant in many industries, set aside concerns about whether you stay with one employer or go to many.
  • Get that first (or second or third) job - you didn't indicate where you are today in your career
  • If you're happy there, and you love the people, don't bail just for more money. That pretty much always backfires. First consider how you might have multiple careers within the single organization - many people have super fulfilling careers moving from department to department in a single company (and sometimes moving to different countries as a result, if that's a goal for you)
  • Never stop looking for the next opportunity - keep it on a low simmer when you're new in a job, happy with the job, or satisfied with what you're accomplishing. Bring it to a more active boil when you're losing interest in your current firm, or when the tea leaves suggest the firm is losing interest in you!