In Japan, some people regard changing jobs as an act of escaping reality or being impatient with the status quo, so they don’t like those who change their jobs several times. It’s true because “working at the same place for a long time” can help you to gain more knowledge and experience in your field to the extent that the likelihood of you becoming a professional is more possible.
However, I refute the above opinion. Of course, there are those who quit simply because they don’t like the job or would rather stay home because they are being immature and have yet to come to the realisation of what a 9 to 5 actually consists of.
Changing jobs can give us the opportunity to change our ways and to grow in different aspects of our life. Not only professionally speaking, being thrown into a new environment with new people can reignite the fire that you may have had when starting out in your field. Making new connections and succeeding in a new role can give us confidence that we may have lacked in our previous environment.
Changing jobs might be a stepping stone for us to change our ways and turn over a new leaf.
In general, there may be thousands of reasons why people do so.
For example, people change jobs due to poor compensation to the point of living hand to mouth and not having enough means to live decently nor have enough savings for the future. Or in some cases, people change jobs due to being caught in dire situations, sometimes associated with negative office politics or being forced to interact with people you know have ill intent. And lastly, for some, it is their first step in climbing the career ladder and achieving their professional goals.
Moreover, if some just stay patient, endure and tolerate things like bullying or power harassment to keep their jobs, it is likely they would be better off walking away. Sometimes a pay cheque is not worth the aggro and the difficult choice to leave and run away is ultimately the best thing to do for your own sake. In doing this you are giving yourself permission to live a happier life. Otherwise, this depression will leave you mentally or emotionally incapacitated.
There are two things I want to say for sure, as long as changing jobs brings forth growth and/or benefits, or can help us lead a happy life, not just easy, but happy, it definitely means something. Most people will spend a large majority of their life at work so the decision to find the right working space for you is one that is vital.
We should remember “changing jobs several times in your life” is acceptable, but definitely “doing it over and over again in a short period” will define you as impatient and a person who is getting bored very easily.
Now let’s look at this idea of changing jobs from the perspective of the employer as opposed to the employee. Knowing their workers will remain loyal to them because they are fearful to change jobs, in turn only gives the employer more power. There is no reason for employers to offer competitive benefits and perks that a company may be more inclined to do so in a competitive market. With that being said encouraging workers to change jobs should they come across a better opportunity, should ultimately force large companies to offer better employee packages.
If you are currently at a cross road at your career and wish to look at new opportunities don’t be held back for fear of looking a certain way. It is usually clear to see from a CV whether a person is ambitious and hardworking therefore changes jobs as opposed to a person who is working several different jobs due to a lack of ambition and poor work ethics.
“Choosing the right job and making sure it’s the right decision” and “why you want to work there?” are essential in the first place.