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Why you will quit in your first year

Statistics are not on your side when it comes to surviving your first year in your new job posting. Like a baby turtle making a dash to the shores, there are a few hurdles that present themselves to new recruits.


40% of all employee turnover in 2017 was attributed to workers who left within their first year. Now there are a multitude of reasons that lead to resignation, not all are bad. In some cases new career opportunities present themselves and can't be ignored. After all, up-skilling (with a side of courage) is a great way to fast track your career progression.


When one door closes, another opens

A quick look at the numbers show that of those that left within the first year, half left before their three month probation. With the cost of recruitment looming and training time surmounting, there is a desperate need to understand the trends behind these figures.


Not surprising, job basics and communication rates are the leading reason. They felt that the employers were not correctly communicating the requirements of the job nor explain how to complete them with sufficient explanation.


Job orientation can often feel like a tick the box scenario where you go through the motions in order to satisfy the checklist requirement. If fundamental skills are not explained or discussed promptly and clearly, the new employee can feel left behind from the very start.


Ask questions if you are unsure, a sink or swim approach is not a true reflection on whether you are cut out for the job or not, merely a reflection on the employer culture as a whole.


Good luck new recruits.

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