Let me add some context to this post.
I will soon be starting my 4th role in the 4 years that I have been working as a Software Engineer. I believe that my reasons for leaving each position are valid and, so far, have not regretted any of the decisions that I have made.
That being said, I am aware I have changed role much more often than anyone else I know. Taking that a step further, during a recent interview I was asked about why I have been in so many different roles during my short career. So it is obviously something that interviewers are picking up on.
On the other hand, after talking to various people I know in tech, they all say the same sort of things. All centering around "it's normal nowadays to change role quite frequently". But, what I ask how long they have been in their role. The answer is always 4+ years or even, that they have worked in a single role for their whole career.
That brings me to my questions.
- How often do you think is too often to be changing job?
- How often have you changed job and what effect do you think it has had on your career?
- If you have interviewed potential candidates who have changed role frequently, did it effect your perception of them, whether positive or negative?
- Finally does our perception of how we view jobs depend on our age?
Let me know your opinions in the comments!
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