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What is the ideal time for your first Job switch?

What is the ideal time for your first Job switch? Some say 2 Years, others say 3 Years. Is there really an ‘Ideal Time’?

First 2-3 years are the most important years from ‘learning’ perspective. That’s when we become ‘Professional’ from a ‘Student’. The comparison is inevitable once you touch 5+ years in your first organization and someone who change at 3 years.

Change gives you another perspective – a new company, culture, technology, people, location, etc. Believe it or not, it’s an important learning – along with the financial gains. But you built a reputation over time, and with Job switch you have to start all over again. What if financial hike is as good as Job change in the same organization?

Over time you become content with your comfort zone. Often, the growth becomes stagnant. With Job change – you have a new perspective to everything – to learning & career growth. But what about people we hear about in town halls – with 18 years in the same organization? They too have reached a pinnacle.

What do you think? Change is inevitable | Is Loyalty rewarded?

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Vikash Gupta | Senior Automation Engineer

As soon as you feel you are not learning something new and not doing exciting work and when you feel your compensation is lower than what your skillset deserve.

Gunasekar A | Senior Consultant at Deloitte Consulting

Loyalty is delivering what you have committed to…not the number of anniversaries.

Manish B | Practice Manager – QA & BA at Coda Global

  • There is no defined time for a job change. Recruitment/job is a two-way street, both the employer and the employee should benefit from it. Nobody is doing the other a favor here.
  • Learning is CONSTANT. Regardless of 2 years or 10 years, the world and technologies are changing rapidly and to keep pace, one has to consistently learn and be updated.
  • Your employer should create space to implement the learnings of the employee and innovate. If not find an organization which does.
  • Measure your skill set and market value periodically, if you are not being valued right as per market stats, reason with your employer or move out, simple.
  • Your skills hold your reputation and not your employer. If one is really good at doing something, it reflects in them impeccably. You would not fail to notice it, even if it is just a chat with that person over the coffee table.
  • One who easily gets into comfort zone will find the comfort spot again in the new place.
  • The number of years a person spends working for an employer is purely based on culture, job satisfaction, talent retention, opportunities to learn and grow.

Sahil Jariwala | Senior DevOps and Software Automation Engineer at MasterCard Inc

It depends like how you growing with team level and technology level. If you feel like in comfort zone while spending a good amount of time in particular organization then think about other opportunities which help you to utilize your talent. After end of the day, you are selling your skills and getting paid for it. That’s simple!

Arundhati Katoch | Senior Officer

Quality experience and quantity both are different things. According to me if you are a good learner, you will change the job frequently. Stability matter but to get a job or sustain that job you need talent & knowledge. If you are not growing you are dying. It is very difficult to grow by sticking with same organization for long.

Chintan Dave PMP, SCM | Project Manager at Momentum Digital Solutions

Well said. All I would like to add to it is that, one should not keep counting years, instead one should stay till he feels he is enjoying the work and the job matches his personal and professional aspirations, and change the moment he stops enjoying or as you rightly said, starts feeling content. This can happen within a few months or at times more than a decade.

Venu S | Director – Test & Delivery, CoC SW Platform

You should consider two factors. Opportunity to apply your past learnings and opportunity to learn new skills. If you are only applying your past learnings and not learning anything new. Then it is time to move on.

Ambika Singh | Technical Writer at Dimentrix Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

The ideal time to switch job is when the current work becomes easy, something you can do even in your sleep.

Sahil Suri | Senior QA Specialist

It all depends on some factors: Learning and compensation being the primary one and then culture of company (team) and followed by Work life balance. If there is a gap in anyone of these factors still stay out there till you complete learning if it’s something new and then look for a new Job.

Nishant kumar | Senior software engineer in test at Paytm

As per my understanding when you switch job you face new challenges, new projects and new working environment which really help an individual to grow. Personally experienced this. Adaptable nature of an individual grows at a very high rate. Also, people think that an individual changing jobs frequently and he get settled very easily in new organization but that’s not truth. Only the person who is executing this can tell the hard work and effort require to get settled and face new challenges. As per me confidence level grows at a much faster rate if you face this kind of situation.

Jonty jain | Quality Analyst at Saitech IT Solutions

Straight forward on my perspective there is no any ideal time if you feel that you learning  something new, opportunity is getting on time ,Salary growth, company environment  and lot of things So you can stay there otherwise change should be done is good for your career.

Chirag Parekh | Software Quality Assurance Engineer at Crest Infosystems

Exactly. It depends on so many aspects. If you know, you don’t have any kind of growth in terms of knowledge gaining, income, work environment in same organization then you should not stick at one place.

Rahul Tiwari | SDET at XSEED Education

There are some big brands where a person starts from 20k / month and after working for 3 years they reach only to 25k/month. There are small brands where a person starts with 20k and within 3 years they reach to 10L/ annum. Financial benefits are always there when you change your organization. But if company is taking well care of the employee in second case then I don’t think any employee would think of changing the company.

Saranya Krishnan | QA Engineer at Zip

When you love your work and become loyal to organization very less companies reward your loyalty. Change is required for career growth and freshness, obviously with financial advantage.

Nitesh Jain | SDET/CSM/ISTQB-TestManager

I do not understand loyalty concept. The person who is with company for long time is loyal? And the one who have joined let’s say before six month is not loyal??? Why to reward loyalty? Everyone is getting salary and benefits as per their capabilities. I have seen this in past, people say – he/she got onsite opportunity because of loyalty (has been with company for many years) , the other who was really capable didn’t get the chance. It’s my opinion- by rewarding this kind of loyalty, actually we are praising discriminate culture.

Ideal time to switch is when your heart says – I am not getting what I want in terms of technical + professional + monetary growth. Or when you think you are not contributing enough to company according to your experience. Change is the only constant thing!

MOHANA KRISHNA | QA Profile Manual/Automation – BFSI Domain

Change gives another perspective. As mentioned I planned of moving my career a next step but it went wrong. It completely went messy than the previous job in terms of work and atmosphere aspects. What to do in this situation. Again switchover could be an option?

Akshay wade | QA Engineer at CompuMatrice

Agrees with Nitesh Jain if a person is not happy with the current company then he can certainly move on within short period of time provided he has other opportunities.

Abhijeet Vaikar | Software Engineer Test @ Carousell | Test Automation Practitioner | Selenium | Appium | CI & CD

Agree with Nitesh Jain. If loyalty to an organization is decided based on how many years an employee has stayed with it, I would simply stay in an organization and contribute nothing. Anyone can do that really. I have seen folks around me who have stuck for more than 10 years in the organization but have barely made any significant contribution/impact to the organization, have mediocre skills and absolutely demotivated to do anything beyond their fixed responsibilities. So point is give opportunities based on capabilities, skills, passion and contributions done. Not how many years someone has stayed.

Varsha Bansal | Experienced Quality Analyst || Test Automation || JMeter || Agile

People switch just because of dissatisfaction in their current job in terms of job profile, salary and growth. Otherwise anybody can work for more than 5 years in an organization.

Brijesh Deb | Agile Testing Evangelist – Helping Teams Test Better!

Just adding to what I said… I am a firm believer of the saying “Rolling stone gathers no moss”. You really need to stick around if you are indeed looking for “experience. Having said that like I mentioned it’s the priority between learning, financial growth and work life balance that should decide your career moves. I have been with an organization for almost 10 years and I have also been with an organization for 3 months. There were different priorities each time.

By the way in all the comments thus far only a few have actually mentioned work life balance. Is that something of not great importance? Just curious! Work life balance is the time you spent on work should be balanced with the time you spend with your loved ones, following your hobbies, having fun with your friends and family etc. Apparently in India let alone having these things, talking about these things is a rarity.

Pranav Sharma | Senior Software Engineer at Barco

I believe one should stay for as long as he is satisfied with the work. If the task becomes too redundant and all you are gaining is domain knowledge (which is also good) but after certain point the domain knowledge will only make you an expert in your domain while you still struggle to meet the market expectations.  One should try to work on the latest technologies.

Mahesh Raju | Talent Acquisition @ EVRY India – CMMI & PCMM level 5 company (Formerly Span Infotech)

Nothing is ideal. Tenure is a myth as long as you have the Right Skills and Attitude! I would say the right place is to work for company is – where you feel excited, challenged and motivated! 🙂

Brijesh Deb | Agile Testing Evangelist – Helping Teams Test Better!

A job switch must account for the opportunities to learn new things, grow financially and achieve work life balance. If your current employer and your current role provides you all 3, you stick around. However, that’s very rare. That’s when you apply your wisdom and switch. In most cases, financial growth takes the priority over learning new things and achieving work life balance which in my view shouldn’t be the case always. At different points in your career you will need to consider different priorities and decide accordingly.

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