• Cameron

Why staying in a role for an extended period is slowing down your career progression.

It has been instilled in us that one must show loyalty to your employer, so is it acceptable to leave within your first 12 months? Let's look at this from the perspective of both employer and employee.


First, the employer. After weeks of searching for the right candidate you have found someone you think will mesh well with your current systems and other employees. You have invested time in searching, interviewing, and the paperwork to make it a signed deal. By now you must be excited that you can start to train your new employee so they can become a productive member of your workforce. I know what you are thinking, "Cam, so far it sounds like a terrible idea for an employee to leave within the first 12 months". Quite frankly if you look at it in black and white it is money down the drain.


But this is where great companies stand out. The companies that are in the people business, the ones that look after staff first and customers second. The philosophy being if staff are happy they naturally will emit this to your customers and clients. An employers main focus should be on growing your staff skill sets and confidence and assisting them reach their career aspirations. A boss should have a nurturing relationship with their staff. Let's quickly turn our attention to our new employees point of view. We have previously explored factors that push away employees in our previous blog post here.



It is an old school thought process that you should stay with your employer for at least a few years to show potential employers you are loyal and consistent. You don't want to turn up to a job interview and hear that dreaded question "Why were you at 'X' company for such a small amount of time?"


This is the hard truth, it is acceptable to leave a job under 12 months without it being a stain or your resume or reputation. We need to flip your way of thinking. If someone has been in the same role for over two years you may start to assume that they are either stagnated or their growth within the role is slow. Vice Versa, pursuing new challenges once you have become competent is the natural progression up the career ladder. Do not focus on the time you have been there focus on your your improvement and seek new challenges.


For larger companies it should be the responsibility of the employer to train you well enough that you can leave if you desire.


Good luck new recruits


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