Why You Shouldn’t Change Jobs Every Two Years

Samuel Tran | December 5, 2016


Two years have passed since I joined the workforce and started at a nonprofit in New York City. In that span of time I’ve watched dozens of friends change jobs—a few more than once. As one told me, “I can’t imagine being in the same place for two years.”

How is it that what was once unremarkable—staying put—is an increasing rarity among younger workers in today’s marketplace?

It’s hard not to see the benefits of switching. The tantalizing prospect of better pay, new environments, and meaningful work is an interview away, and who can resist the seemingly endless opportunities on the horizon? To the question, “Is this really what I want to be doing for the rest of my life?” comes the answer, “I don’t know, but it isn’t this”—with the present reality of paperwork, long hours, and stress.

I admit the same question has crossed my mind, too. There may in fact be excellent and legitimate reasons to leave: poor fit, God’s call elsewhere, layoffs. I don’t discount them.

But amid the abundance of praise for millennials who change jobs every year or two, I’ve heard quieter and subtler voices counseling me to stay put and affirming the value of doing so…


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