According to the Experts, You Should Change Jobs Every 3 Years
A few years ago it used to be considered taboo to change jobs every couple of years. Now, it isn't rare to see two to three employers on someone's LinkedIn profile before their fifth college reunion. According to Fast Company, the sentiment of job loyalty and employee excellence is very different today. Patti McCord, the former chief talent officer for Netflix—a leader in innovative company culture, says career hoping is a good things and "young people should plan to do so every three to four years."
McCord argues that companies should embrace this age of fluid career paths rather than dwell on retention rate. "I think that the most important, critical change in people's mental outlook is to view employees as smart contributors from the beginning," McCord tells Fast Company. "If we change our perspective and said, 'everyone here wants to come in, do a great job, and contribute,' then they either fit or they don't." Young employees looking to change jobs every couple of years are going to work harder and try to move the needle faster because they want to make a strong, positive impact on their place of work in a shorter amount of time. Also, according to Forbes, "employees who stay in companies longer than two years get paid 50% less."
Serial entrepreneur and author Penelope Trunk argues "if you don't change jobs every three years, you don't develop the skills of getting a job quickly, so then you don't have any career stability." This may sound counterintuitive, but Tunk's methodology makes sense circa 2016. If you don't leave after three years Trunk says "you're just completely dependent on the place you work as if it's 1950, and you're going to get a gold watch at the end of a 50-year term at your company."
Do you think you can stay too long at a company? What about too short? Do you believe in the quit-early, quit-often philosophy? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.