Perfect time in same work


How long should one person stay in the same work position? My point of view is that 5 years long in the same position/work is the fine, but after that one should think in moving to another position/work. Longer than 5 years doing the same and same responsabilities get everyone bored.

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María F Lara
40 months ago

7 answers


You should stay in your position as long as you are continuing to learn. That might be 6 months - or it might be 40 years.

Rajesh Sahasrabuddhe
40 months ago

I think once you know that you can't give a enough to this job and vice versa, its time to move. This time period may be 6 month or 6 years. For me change in role, new responsibilities and new opportunities matter to stay - weather its same team or different,

Hitesh Mathpal
40 months ago
Yes, even in the same job you need new responsibilities. - Maya 40 months ago
Yes, new opportunities and challenges are must. - Charu 40 months ago

I think if I get new opportunities in my existing job, and keep getting acknowledgement/ growth , I'll not leave. I think most of the professionals work on the same line. The number of years don't matter in that case.

Charu Gulati
40 months ago
Yes, that is important to retention. - Maya 40 months ago

According to a study by LinkedIn over the last 20 years, the number of companies people worked for in the five years after they graduated has nearly doubled.

People who graduated between 1986 and 1990 averaged more than 1.6 jobs, and people who graduated between 2006 and 2010 averaged nearly 2.85 jobs. The number of companies people work for five to 10 years after graduating has increased as well.

If you don't like your job you should leave. Period. Attempting to define a "minimum" amount of time to stay at a job is a joke. 

There's a few answers on here attempting to establish complex rules for when it's okay to leave. It's all baloney. This is your life, and you don't have to live by anyone's rules but your own. 
Don't listen to any of that. If a job isn't right for you, you leave whenever you want. Have full confidence in your decision. If a future employer asks you why you left after 2 years, 2 months, or 2 days, you tell them. 

Tell them the truth. Tell them what you're looking for. Tell them why your old job was terrible, what you learned, and why this new job is different. Stay strong. Have confidence. 

Nobody should be forced to suffer at a job they hate just because it "might look bad" later, because it pays well, or for any other reason. Life is a journey, not a destination. If you don't like the journey, what's the point? Hop on another train and keep moving.

You only live once. You owe it to yourself.

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Fact DNA
39 months ago

Hi Maria! I work in recruiting and I think that it varies across positions and industries. From a recruiting stand point I think your resume should show movement every 3-5 years with progression. For example, you go from Manager to Sr. Manager within 3-5 years of becoming a Manager. I also tend to stay away from people making changes less than every 2 years. Especially if they're jumping from company to company.

If you're just asking in general how long someone can be satisfied in the same position I think it probably depends on whether they are in an industry that is constantly evolving or if they're in a position doing the same thing every day. For example, in recruiting there is constantly new technology and new techniques emerging and the market is constantly changing. Meaning your day to day work will change over a period of years, keeping things interesting and offering continuous opportunities for development and improvement, Which can keep someone engaged for a lot longer than a job where you will perform the same duties every day regardless.

Cara O'Neal
40 months ago

I've always said 'let me show what I can do in this job. If you appreciate what I've done, then promote me'. Deliver first, move second.

David Cottrell
40 months ago

I am working in the same team since 9 years now but.. the team has evolved, my position has changed a lot. Every year I do something completely different for various reason, I work with new colleagues and on different projects. This helps people to stay motivated and learn something new all the time. As long as these conditions apply, I think a person can stick to the same work and company.

Paolo Beffagnotti
40 months ago

Have some input?