On August 15, 2005 I turned my car into the parking lot of Sanger & Eby, beginning my post-collegiate professional career. Fast-forward 9 years and I’m still here. I am an anomaly.
In the United States the average length of employment in any one position is a little over 4 years. And apparently if you’re on the younger end of the professional spectrum—a millennial—you can cut that in half.
So what makes the millennial demographic prefer job-hopping to longevity? Some of the reasons I found: It gives them the ability to try more roles, make more connections, and make more money faster. And thanks to a rough economy, the stigma attached to job-hopping has shrunk. It sounds like the grass is always greener on the other side. So why have I stayed put for so long?
I found this handy little chart below on the Bureau of Labor and Statistics—time use on an average work day for employed persons 25 to 54 with children:
But let’s be honest—as a new mommy with a 5-and-a-half month old, my average workday breaks down a little more like this:
As you can see, either way an employed person between the ages of 25 and 54 spends a lot of his/her day at work. When you spend one-third of each working day doing something, you darn well better like it. And I do. I consider myself fortunate. Nine years later, passion for my profession has not dwindled. But it’s more than that.
You’d also darn well better like the people you’re with. And I do. I consider myself fortunate. Two days before I turned 23, my world was suddenly flooded with brilliant people. Creative people, technical people, business people—with so much to offer that I’d need multiple lifetimes to absorb it all. I just celebrated my 32nd birthday, and not once in that time have I been left with the feeling that I have learned everything I could from being here.
In 9 years, I’ve forged some very strong relationships with some very amazing people. I’m friends with my bosses on Facebook. I go to lunch with my Art Director. I exchange baby stories with my pod-mate. I share baby pictures, weekend stories and recipes with my clients. If at any point I had moved on to the “next best thing,” I would have lost out on those relationships.
Other millennials … they can keep searching for greener pastures. I’ve already found mine.