I started my career from a very small organization running in 3 BHK in my home town. They were 7 people working 6 days a week to deliver web projects outsourced from UK. I was hired as intern and was supposed to help all of them in their to-dos. I assisted them in web designing, development, writing, marketing as well as calling at the same time.
Within few months as intern the challenges got over due to limited projects and I resigned. I moved to Delhi & here also switched jobs frequently. One reason of my instability was I always need new things in my platter. And at that time nothing was satiating my soul for long. Though overall I was loving what I was doing.
One funny thing about India is that people of any age group or field
- know which are the top IT companies (T,I,S) where Engineers get placed.
- also know that job stability is very important
I was an Engineer which was neither placed in either of these top companies nor was stable in job.
During that period growth aspects in online marketing in India were limited. So for people around me, I was wasting time. And then e-commerce hit India. Things changed and so were thoughts.
I happened to be stable only in Jabong where I worked for longer than three years. Probably because my seniors were able to understand & engage me with new activities and challenges.
Later when I met my current CEO, I decided on the next gig.
Here is why I think frequent job switches helped me fast-track my career:
Building a strong skill set
Jobs in various companies helped me get involved in several kind of projects from different business niches and countries. Whenever I felt my learning curve started flattening out, I decided to move on.
This helped me build the expertise faster.
Interviews for Networking & Knowledge Acquisition
In the initial years of my career, I used to give at least two interviews a month. My idea to go for interviews was to understand what’s going on in the market. Also I am a very public facing kind of person and like to interact.
Thus giving Interviews helped me gain knowledge and build a network.
Today if I sit back and count, on an average I have worked with number of bosses almost be equal to an average employee’s total team mates in his entire career. No kidding.
This means I got a working experience with n types of boss personalities and teams which usually takes more than a decade to build up.
No Comfort Zone
Change is the only constant in life. I am used to of transitions and have taught myself to deal with frequent change. Today nothing bothers me, at least a change doesn’t at all.
Leader, Manager or both
I got to work with leaders and managers. I realized I need to imbibe personality traits of both. Only a visionary or only a team-extractor isn’t enough to build a successful team.
And every day I work to develop myself as both i.e. A Leader-Manager.
Understanding Business Models & Operations
As a frequent job hopper I worked for both agencies and in-house businesses. Besides I started working from ground level in small & medium companies which helped me understand how these businesses operate and scale.
This developed my entrepreneur mindset.
Money was never the primary focus while switching jobs. Of course it’s needed and I do negotiate on it but always considered it as a bi-product.
If job hops happen because your jobs aren’t meeting your learning expectations, it’s cool. Get your basics right and just be informed that Indian market and hiring practices are changing rapidly.
Don’t take advise from people about how job hopping is a career suicide when it is actually a successful career recipe if done with the right motives.