Why is it important to change jobs?

I have been employed for 11 years across 6 firms in the IT space. During this long stint, I have worked with some of the marquee clients in the Financial Services domain. I must say I’ve had a good time, primarily because the salary funds my travels and I have really enjoyed some extracurricular activities I got introduced to during my journey, including Toastmasters. I wouldn’t say I always enjoyed the work I was doing, that’s why I changed jobs!New Job creative sign with clouds as the backgroundDuring my social interactions, I found many people to be unhappy with their jobs, mostly their managers or the work they were doing. In spite of the grin, I never understood why they stayed at their jobs for that long…if you are unhappy with something for long, shouldn’t you be parting with it? Even otherwise, I feel it is good to change jobs every few years. Let me explain the reasons:

  1. Gives you a fresh start: A new job gives you something fresh to look forward to. You don’t want to be doing the same thing over and over, every day! Having said that, I wouldn’t advise changing jobs every year! I’ve been with my current employer for 4 years already, and I spent 4 years with my former employer too.
  2. Interviews keep you sharp: I prefer giving at least one interview every year (might not be active job hunting). That way I get to stay current with the latest expectations of the market. I also get to keep myself sharp, rather than letting the passiveness set in.
  3. For the next career move: If you’ve been unhappy in your current job, most likely you’ve not risen as fast as you expected to be. Or maybe because people around you have moved onto their dream jobs! This is where a new job can do wonders for you…look out for the career move that you have been waiting for.
  4. Make use of the hot job market: With the economies of many countries on an uptrend (after the recession of 2008-09), tons of jobs are being created every day. This is the time to make use of your skills and negotiate a deal that you could only dream of earlier.
  5. It does get you additional money: There is no denying that fact that a new job can give you a monetary bump-up (if you’ve negotiated well). With plenty of jobs around, you wouldn’t have to travel far as well from your current workplace.

I do understand some people don’t want to change for fear of learning something new from the start or location or family constraints. But if there are companies willing to go the extra mile to hire the best, you will most probably get one that fits the bill. It’s just that you have to get your resume ready!

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24 thoughts on “Why is it important to change jobs?

  1. I completely agree with the arguments you made in favour of changing jobs when they cease to serve you the very purpose you opted in. I quite like the pace of changing jobs in 4 to 5 years, for it allows enough time to learn and grow in your current role before taking the leap for a bigger, better tomorrow.

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  2. Gosh Alok, I need to show this to my brother. He’s been in his job for more than twenty years and every time I see him he complains. I always ask him why doesn’t he leave but he says that it’s too late. I so disagree. Life’s too short to waste in a job you don’t like. Great post.

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  3. Either the managers were the problem or some colleagues, perhaps.
    There are those cases of bullies among co-workers.
    I would change job if that happen to me, but I have pretty a good position for a long time and got travel to many places.
    I am lucky, but most of my friends or family members are quite in an unlucky positions in their lives.

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  4. I like the idea of at least one interview a year. I think, this is the bestest way to understand changing job is good and that one is capable of doing something better. Enjoyed reading this post, Alok 🙂 Looking for more such posts from you 🙂

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  5. People generally fall into the comfort zone after a few years which explains why not everyone is interested in changing a job. It’s best to be smart enough to make a switch whenever an opportunity presents itself. That’s the only way to grow unless your company itself is defying industry average and offers better opportunity in medium term.

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      1. It is this moving out that has led mankind into the facade of being super beings!! I am not advocating ‘don’t move’…I am just basking in the glory of moments that give me comfort. 🙂

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  6. What would be your advice to someone who was in IT for 2 years after graduation, then 1 year gap for preparation for higher studies, and now wants to go back to IT?
    Is 2 years even considered relevant experience?

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    1. Yes, it is very much relevant, but that gap should not have been there.
      You would need a very solid reason why you took a break from work for preparation – many just prepare while working.

      I did full-time MBA after working for 3.5 years (but prepared for it while I was working).

      I would suggest going for higher studies first, if you didn’t do that (since you anyway prepared for it).

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    1. I don’t change often these days, but wouldn’t advise sticking around for too long (unless you are rising fast)!

      Just keep yourself sharp and there won’t be issues in landing a new job.

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  7. Hmm as you say a lot I guess depends on family constraints and other factors. Moreover, people get in the comfort zone. Changing jobs does make sense financially but sometimes one is looking for something more like family time and a lot many other factors which he or she may have in the current job but not in the new one. While money maybe more, other negative factors could make the overall deal not too interesting.

    A lot of jobs created in the market these days, really? Am not too sure. The economy in the Middle East hasn’t been doing too well particularly due to the oil prices. UK is suffering due to Brexit and the likes. Europe in general am not too sure except maybe Germany and a few others. I work in eCommerce and the Indian eCommerce industry crashed recently when VCs pulled the plug on funding. US has its own issues with regards to jobs for foreign expats. So all in all, not too sure if the job market is really very exciting these days ;).

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    1. Thank you so much for these inputs, buddy.

      I know for sure Indian, US, and Canadian markets have too many job openings to even fill-up with skilled workers. I know this since I am trying for a job change. Visa is an issue, but that has been for many years.

      Europe is a mess. Middle-east I can’t comment on since I don’t track it.

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