Why Job-Hop­ping Could Be Good For Your Ca­reer

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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

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