The logic behind a person being regarded as a better worker because they have worked in the same establishment for a number of years baffles me.
Yes, it shows loyalty to that company. Yes it shows commitment to that line of work. However, what if that person is a miserable sod for the entirety of the 5 years they’ve been working at that same company? Is having perceived loyalty and commitment a good enough trade for unhappiness? This of course works both ways – unhappiness for the miserable sod, and for those who have to work with said sod!
I look at someone who has changed career in a different light to what most do. Perhaps as a self defence mechanism. Anyway.
Some would think that this particular person cannot settle, or perhaps cannot generally keep their job. But could they actually be seen as a person who wants to try new things? Or somebody who has decided not to settle in their career or general life? Someone who has recognised their unhappiness, desired to change their life for the better, and actually acted upon it? A person to have dared to change their norm and dabble with something new! How about that! A truly modern hero!
Of course, said people are not the courageous superiors of the human race. Some of them can be complete douche-bags… But I thought I would argue my case because my mother gets particularly angst about said career choices and lack of perceived loyalty to that one company or that one career path. Though, that being said, one must bare in mind that my mother has been working for the same company for a grand total of 46 years.
Perhaps it is indeed generational. Maybe this generation have that ability that our parents did not. The latter picked a job and stuck with it. Moving up the ladder after years of loyalty and building up intricate knowledge of that sole company. Now, young people get the first job they can get their hands on. Then we most likely decide that it isn’t what we want to be doing for the rest of our days, and we either go to university to learn/escape the huge “What shall I do with my life?” decision, or choose a new career to pursue, and cross our fingers that someone will one day hire us if we ‘Linked In’ them enough.
So what’s the answer? Be a miserable sod or a disappointment? Depending on where you find happiness; either through misery or other people’s disapproval; I’d stick with your gut.
Ultimately your happiness is what is important. Why waste your time miserable when you can smile? Besides, you are the one that has to live with your decisions, you are the one who has to put up with yourself and your life choices – so make them for yourself, for your own sanity, and for your own peace of mind.
Sure, it’ll be scary, but isn’t that what makes change so exciting once you actually do it?