Why You Should Never Feel Guilty About Job-Hopping In Your 20s
I am newly 24 years old (yay Leo birthdays), so I dont claim to know everything. That would be ridiculous, especially if you know me.
However, I did come to a pretty interesting realization recently.
On one hand, I know many people my age who have always known the career path ahead of them. By the time they entered college, they were prepared and excited to become engineers, lawyers and businessmen and women, which is great.
But on the other hand, theres me. And maybe you?
If youre like me, youve always had a variety of interests. Your passions may have shifted in the years between high school and college, and as you graduated college, you couldnt really see your future quite yet.
Having a job is important (necessary even, if you feel like paying your bills), but just because you graduated with a certain degree and accepted your first post-grad job offer doesnt mean the company youre with now is where you need to stay forever.
In fact, Id even say that because it is where you are starting your professional life, it shouldnt be where you end it.
I am all for brand/company loyalty, so dont misunderstand that. If you can move up from entry level to executive, then by all means stay with your current employer.
However, your 20s is when you have a unique opportunity that you dont want to miss.
Youre at the point where youre old enough to have an idea of what you want in your career, but maybe you dont know exactly what job will lead you to true success in that endeavor.
If youre in grad school, then this doesnt necessarily apply to you in the same manner, unfortunately. But the general idea should still be considered.
When enteringgrad school, you start off with a field of study you know youll be pursuing. But within that field, there are specializations.
And you probably dont know which specialization youre going to end up pursuing right away. You may have one in mind, but when it comes down to it,the odds of you choosing an alternative are high.
Our plans never work out as they were originally planned. And thats OK. As we change and grow, our plans for our lives should change along with us.
Throughout our 20s, this line of thinking should alwaysapply: Try as many different subjects as you can leading up to your final decision.
You wont regret wasting a little bit of time in a field you dont end up liking because now you know for certain that youre not meant for that path.
Thats why your 20s are pivotal.
Take the time to learn about the many opportunities that are out there in your field (or a new field, if youre so inclined).
If you love your company but your current job doesnt satisfy a certain career need, then maybe talk to your boss about looking at a new department.
If you wake up one day and realize youd rather have a traveling position, then its the right time to try it. The moment you feel the need to change is the exact moment youre ready for a change.
Do you hate sitting in the office? Then try something different. You may end up appreciating your 9-to-5 much more, or youll realize youre much happier with the change.
The point is this: At age 24, you can change your job after starting at your entry level positionright after college. And in another year, you can do it again.
As you grow older, youll be able to see how each unique opportunity changed you or your perspective. Im not saying you should quit your job tomorrow to look for something better just for the hell of it, but hey, you can do that too.
Experience is the education the world provides for you.
Go live and learn so that in the years to follow, you know youre exactly where you should be.