Posted by Tim Stobbs on September 11, 2008
I’m not sure what’s up lately, but I’m restless. I think that perhaps it is my day job. My employment history to date has a very similar pattern to it. I get a new exciting and challenging job. I work my butt off for a couple of years learning everything I need to do a great job. Then I start to get bored by a lack of new challenges and the repetition slowly starts to kill my happiness. Then I usually get a new job and repeat the cycle every 2 to 3 years.
Hence by age 30 I’m already on my third career. I’m a little split on this pattern. The first part of me considers it not a bad thing. I’ve learned new skills at each job and have progressed nicely in each jump on an overall basis. There is a logical progression in each jump and it has increased my happiness with my jobs. The other side of it is I’m concerned that my employment history is starting to have a noticeable pattern on my resume and I’m somewhat worried about if any future employers would worry about how long I will stick around because of the pattern.
So that’s what led me to my current position with a consulting firm. I get new clients and new problems, which keeps things interesting. I’m also working in a field where the knowledge base seems to increase on a monthly basis. The only problem I’ve discovered is with the overall industry. Consulting work tends to be feast or famine. I’ve spend my of my job either working my butt off to get everything done by the deadline or worrying about getting laid off because there is no work to do for months on end.
I know every job has its ups and downs, but I’m looking for other people’s experience on this. What makes your job great and what do you hate about it? How do you deal with it all? Do you really think there is a perfect job for everyone or do you just make do with the best you can find?