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Career Development

Is it time to change jobs? Managing the 2, 5 and 7-year itch

We all know that it is rare to find someone who is a “lifer” at one organization. Stay or go decisions are impacted by many of variables that impact employers and employees. It’s not unusual to feel the “itch to switch” around year 2, year 5, 7 or longer. It’s important to take some time to understand what is causing the itch.

At the same time, it’s a good exercise to explore short and long-term implications or your decision. Spending some time in this ambiguous space can provide much needed clarity and understanding… and this leads to making a better decision. (and hopefully the itch goes away for a bit.)

In this roundtable we will take a look at some of the factors drive people to leave jobs. What are your values and primary drivers in your career and leadership development? You can also expect to dig deep into some hard questions you may want to consider if you are feeling the itch to switch. How to you balance exploring options, while staying engaged in your current role? Do short-term gains align with potential long-term outcomes? Finally, we will talk about framework to navigate this exploration process.

Anne Steen, SFS Graduate Career Center, Georgetown University