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    In conversations with colleagues and fellow accountants - particularly the more experienced/higher up - I've noticed that they stay at their jobs from somewhere between 1-3 years, especially early on in their careers. In fact, I am often advised not to stick to one job for too long.

    Is this the case particularly with our line of work?
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    If you feel like you're stagnating then absolutely. Changing jobs keeps you fresh, less complacent and learning.

    I did a 3 year grad scheme and changed jobs 5 times, and picked up a wealth of knowledge and skills that I just wouldn't have gotten if I had stayed in one place for 3 years.

    If on the other hand you have a fairly senior job, or one that's quite fast paced by nature then it's good to stick around. Really depends on the job!


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    Apart from a paper round as a teenager and a couple of volunteer roles, I've never had a job for more than a year, and I'm 22. It's for various reasons (redundancy, temp contracts, really disliked the job, etc). I have the opposite problem of worrying whether it looks bad to be job hopping too much, and so I'm hoping I will find a job soon that I can really stick to for the long term.
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    (Original post by sonic_dream)
    In conversations with colleagues and fellow accountants - particularly the more experienced/higher up - I've noticed that they stay at their jobs from somewhere between 1-3 years, especially early on in their careers. In fact, I am often advised not to stick to one job for too long.

    Is this the case particularly with our line of work?
    Depends on a lot of factors. In practice some people dig in for the long haul and it can be quite rewarding if you establish a good reputation early on and make the drive upwards quickly.

    In industry you tend to hit natural bottlenecks and the only way round these is to jump ship. Sometimes that happens in practice as well, or you simply get offered a step up as an enticement to move.

    For younger accountants there's an obvious tendency to move after qualifying and I don't think anyone minds a junior accountant with a few 2 year stints on the CV. Changes once you get more senior.
 
 
 
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