How Long Do You Need to Stay at a Job before Moving on?, Washington Post, 5/6/18

This piece in the May 6, 2018 Washington Post raises a question I am often asked by job changers.  How long should I stick around before moving on?  The easy answer is: it depends.  The article suggests some things to consider at various intervals: less than a year, one year, 4 years, and 6 years.   My own experience with young professionals indicates that in the DC NGO, government, and policy communities, movement is frequent.   I have often counseled individuals to not overstay when they feel they are not advancing or finding the work meaningful.   At 2 years, you should certainly start to consider your stay, and if you if you don’t  see a future, start exploring other opportunities.

Click below to read the piece.

How Long Do You Need to Stay, Washington Post, 5:6:18


Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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