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Can job-hopping become an endless loop?

A recent Gallup report on the Millennial generation reveals that 21% of people born between 1980 and 1996 have changed their jobs within the past year. Millennials’ level of engagement in the workplace is the lowest of all generations, and only three in ten are emotionally and behaviorally connected to their jobs and companies. In fact, 60% of them admit that they are permanently hunting for new positions. And even within the older generations, the figures are not that different.

This job-hopping behavior reminds me of the difference between being a tourist or a pilgrim. An ordinary tourist is primarily concerned with their own experience of the place, and not with the destination itself. For tourists, the location hardly matters, they just tour -go around in circles — but do not penetrate it. They are primarily concerned with how they feel about the place — not with the place itself, and thus many times quickly fall into disappointment when those locations look less attractive that what they have previously fathomed. On the contrary, a pilgrim’s ultimate goal is the actual destination, and the experience or journey only exists because of the destination, which lights the journey with joy, and makes any obstacle or disappointment along the road much more bearable.

Perhaps this lack of a final purpose in our lives might be the cause of our low level of resilience and tolerance when the first difficulties arise when the job experience is not longer as fulfilling as it was, making job-hopping so pervasive in our culture. But constantly looking for new job opportunities solely to enrich our life experiences will just make of us disillusioned tourists caught up in endless loops of disappointment because the reality is never as fascinating as what the brochures depict.

 

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