Jump jump jump

Life in the corporate world is certainly a challenging one. Not only for us suffering from the quarter-life-crisis syndrome, but also for the managers whom we just love to erm..talk..about.

I had the chance to have lunch with a nice lady who is the associate managing director of one of the top research companies around. We got to talking and with an exasperated sigh she asked me if she could ask me some questions about the young generation of today.

She said that right now, she keeps on getting people who joins the company for a few months…6 months max..and then they leave for some other offer. It seems like that us twenty somethings nowadays are not interested in job prospects and the opportunity to grow with the company, but we’re all about the money. Why is that?

I honestly did not know what to answer at first, but then after giving it some thought I realized that actually, I too am kind of like that. Regardless the fact that I’ve been at my company for a year, the idea of being able to earn more somewhere else still entices me to always keep my options open.

I guess growing up how we did, we have been exposed to so much, and quite a lucky number of us had parents who gave us everything and every opportunity we could dream of. Education, love, food, a home and the list goes on. Perhaps we have not known hardship for what it truly is. As a senior colleague of mine pointed out, at twenty something, most of us already have our own car, whereas during their time, they were still rushing like mad to catch the bus.

But I guess you can’t blame us for chasing more moolah. Everything’s so expensive nowadays. It seems that every other month, the price of something or another goes up a notch. Our salary however, is a totally different story.

Another reason that I thought of why our generation keep jumping jobs/companies could be the jobscope. Wait, more like job-shock. We join the company with this perception of what the job would be like, an ideal scenario that we have come up with in our heads. But when the real shit hits us, we are totally unprepared. Thus, i guess that is why some people leave before even half a year. They continue to look for that place which siuts their ideal. So perhaps employers should brief potential employees on what exactly is their jobscope, or we should do our own proper research on what a potential job is all about. There’s no reason to rush things. Believe me, I’m talking from first hand experience, hahahahaha.

But then I pondered a little further. Wouldn’t all this jumping from one job to another hurt your cv? So I asked her, what do managers think when they see that sort of employment history?

She says since most companies now have bad experience of having such a high turnover rate, that sort of cv obviously points out that you’re still unsure, and you’re just testing the waters. So if you have a one year job stint here, one year job stint there…it says to them that you’re not really such a great potential. A person with at least two years of experience is the best candidate and someone which they wouldn’t mind negotiating salaries with.

I guess she’s right in some ways. We probably should keep a stiff upper lip and a hard chin for at least two years. That way we would have learned enough of the basics to have a strong foundation, and have faced enough job challenges to train us to think on our feet.

Oh well, I guess there are many reasons that people leave their jobs. But I believe that you should not leave a place under bad circumstances, as it’s a small world, and you’re bound to bump into your ex-colleagues some day or another. And bosses too shouldn’t hold anything against their employees if they decide to leave for a better paying job. I mean, people have bills to pay kan?

Well, all in all, I guess we know where I’ll be for the next few years, ehhehehe.


  1. Huh…all big companies are the same..hmph. What’s sad is that people think that if you work in a BIG company, you get BIG pay. Unfortunately, that’s not so. *sigh*

  2. I would also add that companies do very little to retain employees these days.I work at a BIG computer company and it is generally acknowledged here that the only way to get a big $$ increase is to leave. Internal raises are at best 2-3% per year for the past 5 years or so and every few months there is a “cost savings” that decreases another employee benefit.At the same time as this, the company upper management is getting HUGE bonuses based on the savings they are generating that translate to increased profits.So, as a lower level peon it is frustrating to see more and more work as resources decline for less and less financial rewards. If the company shows more interest in making money than in keeping employees happy to work, why are they surprised when workers feel no loyalty beyond what an employer is willing to pay?We are all Mercenary labour.

  3. i guess you’re answer is no then to my offer?OK, not a problem. all the best!oh, do inform me of your decision regarding the SLiM conference by Thursday ya.thanks!

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