Already 5 Years at your job? Time’s Up!

Gone are the days of employees staying at the same company in the same position for 30, 40, 50 years. The culture of career times has changed, and you’d better be ready to change right along with it. But when is it time to quit your job and move on?

So, why and when to quit your job?

Keep growing

As comfortable as it might be to know your tasks, colleagues and your way around the company, do you really feel that you are still learning and building skills? Ask yourself this question and based on the answer, you might conclude that it’s perhaps time to ask for that promotion you’ve long been thinking about or ask for a change of responsibilities.

This also impacts how others within the company (or job market) view you. If you stay at a job for more than five years without a promotion, then your boss may come under the false belief that you are content with the job you’re at. This can kill your career advancements.

If your company doesn’t provide opportunities for growth, then you need to move on. Don’t lose sight of your goals. If your goals change, that’s fine but keep moving forward.

Stay up-to-date

Because of the extensive use of technology, changes happen frequently and fast in the business world – and the truth is, after you’ve been at the same job for a while, you might lose your ‘fresh-outlook’ factor. So, if you have been doing the same ol’ same ol’, for an extended period, you’re in danger of finding yourself outdated and irrelevant. And even though you may be performing optimally, the new faces may get more attention and promotions from your managers.

Why 5 years?

Most people agree that five years is the max amount of time you’d want to stay in the same job at your company. This period changes depending on received promotions within your company. However, if you find yourself still at XYZ company, in the same job, passed over for a promotion again at year five, then it’s time for you to look for a new opportunity.

Leaving a job too soon, however, may show you to be flighty. You need your higher-ups to feel they can count on you to stick with a job for a while. It’s necessary to stay at a job long enough to do your work well, build a good reputation, and build your skills. However, avoiding stagnation and not-challenging atmosphere. That’s why year four or five is the best time to start thinking about moving on. You’ve built up a good foundation at the company, but since you haven’t been promoted, and assuming there aren’t any other opportunities for growth within the company, it’s time to move on.

After a certain amount of time, staying at your current job starts working against you, not for you. Knowing when to leave your current job takes strategy and careful planning and thought. Keep on the lookout for what you want to do next and be tuned in to your company’s capability for promotion. If you are still unsure if you should quit your job, check out our article ‘6 steps to decide whether you should quit your job or keep it’

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