Why Leaving Your Company to Boost Your Career is a Myth

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Something everyone speaks about that’s wrong. If you want to climb the career ladder, you must switch companies frequently.

The idea is that by moving to a new organization, you gain new experiences, meet new people, and increase your salary. But the truth is that leaving your company is only sometimes the best move for your career.

The problem with this belief is that it often leads to a vicious cycle of short-term employment.

Employees hop from one job to the next, never staying in one place long enough to make a significant impact. This cycle results in losing institutional knowledge as employees leave before fully understanding the company’s culture. Finally, the constant job searching and onboarding can be stressful, leading to burnout and dissatisfaction with work.

Yet, there are other ways to gain new experiences and skills while staying in your company.

By staying at your company, you can develop a deep understanding of the organization’s culture and processes. This knowledge is valuable for making strategic decisions and becoming a leader within the company. Staying at one company for an extended period proves loyalty and commitment, which many employers value.

To shift your mindset from “old” to “new,” start by setting long-term career goals.

Instead of focusing on short-term gains, think about what you want to achieve in your career over the next five to ten years. Then, look for opportunities within your company that align with those goals. As you become a leader within the organization, you will negotiate higher salaries and more responsibility.

The “old” way of thinking, which emphasizes job hopping and short-term gains, is on its way.



Matteo Cervelli | People Gardener 🧑‍🌾

🪴 Cultivating fertile environments for leaders to trigger people’s blooming 📝 Writing on strategy + coaching + parenting 👨‍💼 CEO midsize org. | Father of 2