GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Jumping from job to job in a brief period of time once was considered a bad move for careers. But now, job-hopping is almost expected. And a recent study conducted by LinkedIn shows millennials are more likely to walk away.
This news comes as no surprise to life coach, Alissa Daire Nelson.
“(Millennials) saw their parents or grandparents stay in a job for 30 years that they didn't necessarily like and they are like I am not going to do that. They have this bigger understanding that life is more than a paycheck,” she said. “I think it points to their fearlessness. They are not so stuck in this idea that if I leave this job there will be nothing else for me.”
Daire Nelson, who runs Daire Success Coaching in St. Paul, said in some cases moving to the next gig is all about opportunity.
“The cons of job hopping are the stability and knowing that job is going to be there. But is that job really there anyway?” she said. “The con may be that you don't get as much experience inside that one company. The quick pro is that you are getting experience in all different kinds of companies.”
A Career Builder survey from 2013 found previous bias against that practice of changing jobs might be changing. It found by the age of 35, 25 percent of workers have held five jobs or more. About 55-percent of employers polled said they've hired a job hopper, someone who changes jobs frequently. In fact, nearly one-third of those surveyed said they have come to expect it. Daire Nelson also added if employers want to keep the best talent they need to find ways to connect and better support their employee’s long-term goals.
“So not just being successful in your current role but then what does the future look like. What is that step up,” she said. “Plenty of studies say people don’t stay at their job for money. If that person has been showing value and contributing to greater whole they are much more behooved to keep that person.”