Why moving around is the new moving up

  February 27, 2017

There's so much negative press out there about how 'flighty' and 'unreliable' millennials and the younger generation of workers are, that you might be thinking that in order to succeed in your career, you need to stay with the same company or department for your entire working life in order to progress. This certainly used to be the way of the world a few decades again, but whether the older generation like it or not, times have changed.

Back in the day you really could find a job for life, one where you sign on in your youth and you're there until the day you retire, gradually working up the ranks to achieve career growth. Unfortunately jobs like this don't exist any more, and the brutal fact is that if you want to progress odds are you are going to have to move around to do it.

However what really troubles employers is not the fact that their young employees are moving on, but how quickly they do it, and for many graduates this actually has very little to do with career progression, and instead is about career satisfaction. The primary reason that your employees switch jobs so quickly in the first few years of their career is that they don't know what they want to do, or even what they are capable of doing, so end up in the wrong job from the off. Oddly enough this isn't particularly satisfying, and because they soon become miserable being in an unsuitable role, they take off. To the outside world it looks like they are darting off to try and climb the ladder that little bit quicker, but really they're just trying to find a comfortable place to start on the ladder.

The only real antidote to this issue is making the effort from the very start to find a job that actually matches the individual, and that is what we aim to facilitate at Happy Work, because once you've found that comfortable place, you don't worry so much about moving up the ranks. This means as a graduate you get to spend more time in a job you enjoy before feeling compelled to move, which is not only music to the company's ears, but also means that when you do choose to move on, you get to take a whole load more experience and knowledge with you, allowing you to move up, by moving on, a lot easier.