CHALLENGE YOUR CV
Why Job-Hopping Could Be Good For Your Career
Meet Jade. 23. Three jobs. She owns half her car (she’s still paying her parents back) and has a wardrobe full of shoes. When she grows up she wants to be… Still Deciding. Jade’s the average Gen Y employee. To give you an idea of who she is in numbers, she’ll most likely live longer than any previous generation. She will also work longer, as her retirement and pension age have been pushed back. She will average more than five careers and probably have 20 employers in her lifetime.
If, like Jade, your life is starting to feel like an episode of Girls, don’t panic. This, according to the stats, is completely normal. Gen Y is experiencing work life like a less-extreme version of Marnie’s situation: Moving from one job to the next, struggling to pay rent and unsure of what the future holds. The days of deciding what you want to be fresh out of high school are gone. We talked to the experts to get to the bottom of why Gen Y is now the job-hopping generation.
One Career Unlikely
In direct contrast to our parents, who might stay with one company for a decade, Gen Y no longer remain locked into the same role for very long.
The latest survey from recruitment agency Hays indicates one in three Aussies will leave their employer within the first two years. Mark McCrindle, social researcher for McCrindle Research, believes one reason most young people leave positions around this mark is because they’re less likely than older workers to stick with something that’s not ideal. “They’re at the start of their careers and still fine tuning what their strength is,” he says. “They are hungrier to get job training and get on a career trajectory that’s going to move them forward.”
Another reason for the Gen Y jobhopping trend is opportunity. McCrindle suggests when young people sharpen