This is a dramatic reversal of the situation that prevailed as recently as the 1980s, when an employee in his or her 50s would, on average, have been in their current role for more than 10 years.
So what has changed? Part of the explanation lies in the economic uncertainty of recent times, which has resulted in many people spending long periods in a succession of contract or temporary roles, working for employers too nervous to commit to offering permanent employment.
There is also a longer term trend at work: the tendency of employers, especially large media groups, to employ draconian shifts in head count as a means of managing their cost line. In other words, recruiting more staff to deal with increasing business activity, then making costly redundancies when times get harder.
There has been a consequent decline in the mutual loyalty that used to exist between employee and employer. The workforce has, in general, become more mercenary in its attitude to looking after its own interests. Furthermore, social media provides the perfect vehicle for them to keep a constant eye on their market value and new opportunities as they arise.
The solution is to manage your career moves carefully, especially in your 20s and 30s, and this is where Carreras Lathane can provide a vital service. Our consultants are well placed to discuss the implications of your career choices, past, present and future, and are waiting for your call.
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