For Generation X & Y (I fall right in the middle), we came into the career world faced with recessions that led to downsizing, layoffs, pay-cuts, etc. , and many are forced to make periodic job transitions, or, as some call it, "job hop". Uncertainty is what we know. I spent 3.5 years in my 1st
nursing position. When I see the term "job hopper", I cringe. Then I remind myself how my learning had plateaued, my responsibilities expanded with no formal opportunities for career advancement, and I saw a 10% staff reduction in the form of layoffs or early retirement (Would I be next???), leading me to realize an important lesson. Employers are not necessarily loyal to their employees. This lesson led me to ask the question: Should I be loyal to my employer, committing my career to one or two jobs? Well, you can guess the answer. I hope to find the perfect job with a massive learning curve and tangible opportunities for career advancement that I can settle into well beyond 3.5 years, but should I be labeled for the duration of employment of my 1st nursing position?
Questions for you & me:
1. Can you still contribute to an organization by only committing 3-5 years while you're there? I think it depends on what you do while you're there.
2. Do nurses "job hop", or are they seeking financial security and career growth? The latter, for the most part
3. Does this come down to a difference in generational experiences and perspectives? Yes!
4. Are there valid reasons to "job hop"? yes, & please stop calling it "job hopping"