Job switches or pursuing passion

Hardly have two years gone by and that dreaded job itch is already haunting you. Switching jobs after two years has become a fad in the corporate world these days. But unfortunately, it is not looked upon well by corporate bigwigs who attribute it to instability in character.

Very often, you end up switching jobs for all the wrong reasons, such as prioritizing money over learning, succumbing to peer pressure or naively believing everything that the company promised you during your term in office.

Even though taking the escape route might seem like an easier and more appealing option, it is important to consider your future employer’s organizational culture the new job opportunities for learning and career development, and the experience of future seniors and colleagues.
Here we are deliberating whether it is safe to call it quits after a year or two:

Across industries senior executives look warily at job-hopping professionals. They believed that, if that person has not been loyal to the previous company, s/he wouldn’t be loyal to them either. So, we suggest you think twice before changing jobs. It is not as rosy as it seems.

Moreover people who change jobs very frequently do not get sufficient training and other developmental inputs from their companies and hence suffer in the long term.

It is a small world and it is very possible that your current boss might be your future boss in another organization a few years down the line. So, make sure you do not leave on bad terms.

Yes a lot of organizations still do hire people, irrespective of their frequent flier history, when they have a time/resource crunch. However, when the pyramid gets narrow it comes to reaching the top, the frequent flyers often hit a glass ceiling

For the job hoppers it is better they take the road less traveled so that in their initial career they may grow faster than others. One is the areas where very few professionals are available and the other is pursuing your passion.
That is if you ever felt escaping from the corporate world and pursuing your passion, join the club. A lot of working professionals feel trapped in their office jails and long to break free. And even though the idea seems more than attractive, taking a plunge requires guts.

You like many people may have gotten into your profession by default, i.e. you didn’t know what else you wanted to do and your present job seemed like a safe choice. However, if you give that highly developed risk averse left brain of your break and allow your creative brain some freedom, you can identify and come up with some exciting career possibilities.

Take the case of Ms.GI who, after graduating from IIM, followed her passion and entered into a singing career. Or take the case of Mr.JS a former computer engineer who is now one of the film industry’s highest paid screen writers or MM who started of as a marketing executive, and gave it all up to become an actor. Most people never take the road less traveled as they are afraid of failure. They think:

* Pursuing an alternate career is difficult, scary and time consuming.
* Financial stability is at risk. A clear contingency plan is required if things go wary especially if one has financial dependents
* The new career may not turn out it was cracked up to be.
* If you fail, you may have to start all over again at your career and work your way up through the ranks again.

However, remember life is not a rehearsal. If not now, then when? The most important question to ask your self is, “What is the worst thing that can happen”? Once you have a contingency plan chalked out, you are safe. And then if you can succeed in pursuing your interests and career path, just imagine how much more rewarding and fulfilling life will be.

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