I have been working for more than 10 years now. In that 10 years, I have been with 9 companies (3 of which were contract jobs). So yeah, I job hop. I have my reasons and I’m quite sure people who do it, have their own reasons too.
So why do we move? There could be a whole lot of reasons why, but it always comes down to three – financial, a crappy boss/management, and boredom.
They say job hopping is what millennials do, but regardless of generation, wouldn’t you jump ship when the opportunity presents itself especially if you have financial needs or a crappy boss or you are bored with what you are doing?
Then there goes the question of loyalty. Most people will not agree with what I do, but I’m more loyal to myself, my needs, the people that depend on me and my development than the company I work for. I think, here’s where the circle of influence is applicable. You can’t change anything but yourself, and only you can take yourself in or out of the situation that you have.
What’s my point? I’m not saying that you move from one company to another is the first solution when everything is going sour or you have bigger needs. What I’m saying is don’t let “loyalty” be the reason why you are not flourishing. In fact, in a recent survey, 75% of millennials (aged 18-34) agree that job hopping has its benefits.
Again, I’m not promoting job hopping, I’m just saying it’s a thing, it happens and it has its perks. Just be sure that you don’t do it without reason because that’s a different story. Just a piece of advice though, when moving from one company to another, leave a mark, stay in touch with colleagues and leave the company on good terms. As they say, the industry you work for is small, people know each other and it will be great if people will say good things about you and your work.