The Pros and Cons of a One-Company Career
In a day and age when many people change jobs as fast as Kim Kardashian changes boyfriends, it is hard to find employees who have been with the same company their entire career. These so-called “lifers” do exist, however, and many consider themselves fortunate to have found a place where they want to stay.
Long-time workers often are distinguished by their loyalty and knowledge. Being around a company for a substantial period of time and witnessing first-hand its ups, downs, and changes can form a special bond. They may take pride in knowing they’ve contributed to the organization’s growth and success, and their history of everything from dealing with certain clients to experience with necessary paperwork can make them valuable resources.
On the other side, some lifers express regret over not trying out different career options. With many years under one’s belt, it can be difficult to give up what has come to feel very comfortable – including benefits of longevity such as vacation time, salary, and established friendships. Likewise, some workers stay because they feel insecure about entering a job market that has changed greatly since the time when they first looked for work.
To counteract feelings of stagnation, some established employees pay particular attention to keeping their skills sharp. Others have moved around within the company to different departments or branches. Some join professional associations in order to keep meeting new people in their industry.
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