I don’t want to speak for all millennials, but I think we view careers a little differently than the older generations.
When I first got out of college, all I knew is that I needed to get a job. I took what I could get but it was really entry-level and I knew I could do more. That’s when I got my first taste of ambition and felt confident that I could do better.
So I moved on after 6 months, with fears that I’d look like a job hopper. And when I took my next job I was kind of under the impression that it might be like my former job. That it would take a lot of stepping stones until I found the company I’d want to commit myself to for a long time.
When I started with the company I’m with now, there were people telling me that they have been working there longer than I had been alive. I could not fathom that kind of long term commitment, I didn’t know if I’d be there a year let alone 26 years.
I stayed in my position for two and half years. And then I got a promotion which I’ve been working in for 1 and a half years. So I’ve just found myself working with a company for four years when I didn’t even think I’d make it 6 months.
If you’re one or two years out of college, you may be also facing those fears. I think it’s good to take those stepping stones if you don’t feel a place is right for you. If it’s right for you, you’ll value your job as much as the company values you. If it’s right for you, you’ll just naturally grow there.