How many times have you changed jobs?

@sol_cee (14386)
Japan
August 1, 2017 11:29pm CST
My friend (in the Philippines) announced over FB that she’s quitting her current job for greener pastures. It’s the nth time she used the same line since she decided she wanted something different in her life and left me in our previous workplace. She’s been hopping from one company to another looking for that particular ‘something’. I hope she finds it soon. And then here’s Japan with their job-for-life culture. Unlike other nationalities (not only Filipinos) who switch jobs easily like changing clothes, Japanese stick to the same company which hired them right after university graduation to retirement. That’s forty or more years of going to the same place with the same people doing the same thing over and over again! Exciting, isn't it? Photo is from Google.
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@minx267 (13792)
• Hartford, Connecticut
2 Aug
I used to have more frequent jobs when I was younger.. a year here or there.. and I had a few that lasted 3 years a piece. But then I got stuck in this job.. and in one more day.. I will have been here for 19 years.. is that good.. who knows? the pay is certainly not the greatest... but I work alone.. at night and no one bothers me and I get to use the internet.. it has worked out for me.. and now I feel I am too old to try and go out into the workplace again.. I think I stay for convenience sake.
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@JudyEv (121176)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Aug
If a job suits you, I don't see any reason to change. It can be stressful starting a new position,
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@minx267 (13792)
• Hartford, Connecticut
2 Aug
@JudyEv Very.. and the wardrobe here is well I can wear sweats if I want.. and I hate to have to buy a whole new wardrobe too.. lol
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@sol_cee (14386)
• Japan
2 Aug
Sounds like a dream job.
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@JudyEv (121176)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Aug
Older generations often stuck with the one job for life but the whole mindset seems to have changed now.
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@sol_cee (14386)
• Japan
2 Aug
Even in Australia?
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@JudyEv (121176)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Aug
@sol_cee Yes, even in Australia.
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@sol_cee (14386)
• Japan
2 Aug
@JudyEv then the country never really matters.
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@LadyDuck (152111)
• Switzerland
2 Aug
My father stayed with the same company since he started to work until he retired, it was common also in Italy back in time. I changed job twice, then I started working with my husband and always did.
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@sol_cee (14386)
• Japan
2 Aug
Your husband is your boss?
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@LadyDuck (152111)
• Switzerland
2 Aug
@sol_cee Yes, he is my Boss from 46 years.
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@MALUSE (39163)
• Germany
2 Aug
@LadyDuck Are you in a one-woman union if you need to discuss your working hours, holidays and earnings with your boss?
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• Preston, England
2 Aug
I have worked for about 20 companies - often through agencies - currently out of work
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@sol_cee (14386)
• Japan
2 Aug
20! You're the winner!
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• Preston, England
2 Aug
@sol_cee short term agency contracts - twice worked for companies for just one day each - not fired, just hired for very short periods - been fired three times though too
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@sol_cee (14386)
• Japan
3 Aug
@arthurchappell fired why if you don't mind my asking.
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@SIMPLYD (78669)
• Philippines
2 Aug
My frist job was in a bank until I resigned after more than 15 years for a greener pasture. But I never got a sponsor to have me as caregiver in Canada, so I went back to our province, only to be told by my husband and daughter that they don't want living abroad. Thus, I had this job. But a year after I retired when I was in Manila waiting for a sponsor online, I worked at SM Leisure center as Accounting Officer. I had 4 jobs all in all. And in my present job, I am already in my 11th year.
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@sol_cee (14386)
• Japan
2 Aug
Do you still think about working abroad, every now and then?
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@SIMPLYD (78669)
• Philippines
3 Aug
@sol_cee No more. Because I realized that we can indeed be very happy as a family, even if we are just here, living a simple life as the two wants it to be. I never noticed they don't like me going abroad. I just decided without consulting them.
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@sol_cee (14386)
• Japan
3 Aug
@SIMPLYD then it must have been a blessing in disguise that you didn't get a sponsor. :)
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@ridingbet (49893)
• Philippines
2 Aug
i am a nurse, since 1981, but so far, i have only 3 workplaces. first was the secondary hospital where i was the head nurse, next was in Kuwait, and last is this school/college of nursing where i am a clinical instructor.
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@sol_cee (14386)
• Japan
2 Aug
So you were an OFW before doc!
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@ridingbet (49893)
• Philippines
3 Aug
@sol_cee "aiwa, ya habiibti" (yes, my dear).
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@sol_cee (14386)
• Japan
3 Aug
@ridingbet I know habibi!
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@MALUSE (39163)
• Germany
2 Aug
I was a teacher for 40 years. New people and excitement every year!
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@sol_cee (14386)
• Japan
2 Aug
True!!
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@vsai2008 (7660)
• India
2 Aug
Same place and doing the same thing for that long doesn't sound so exciting but it must build good relationships for sure :)
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@sol_cee (14386)
• Japan
2 Aug
Sure. As long as the company takes care of you, why not?
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@vsai2008 (7660)
• India
2 Aug
@sol_cee Yes, with a good company and working atmosphere, anyone might :)
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@sol_cee (14386)
• Japan
2 Aug
@vsai2008 How about you?
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@JustBhem (32130)
• Davao, Philippines
2 Aug
I don't have a job that lasted for 1 year, it will take 5 years for me to stay in a company. My first job was a collector and I spent 5 years before leaving them. The second one was my call center life for 5 years.
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@sol_cee (14386)
• Japan
2 Aug
I didn't know that you stayed that long in your previous companies bhem.
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@JustBhem (32130)
• Davao, Philippines
2 Aug
@sol_cee Surprise. Lol. Yes, I stayed for that long. That is why look where I am now.
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@sol_cee (14386)
• Japan
3 Aug
@JustBhem five years as a call center agent. That's a feat!
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@sishy7 (27653)
• Australia
2 Aug
Although I have changed jobs but I'm leaning toward the Japanese. I tend to stay with the same company for a long time. I've been in the workforce for 30+ years and I think I've only moved to different major companies 3 times.
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@sol_cee (14386)
• Japan
2 Aug
30+ years. Wow! I respect you.
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@sishy7 (27653)
• Australia
2 Aug
@sol_cee I hope to keep working for another 30 years... oh well, maybe 20 years would be more likely...
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@sol_cee (14386)
• Japan
3 Aug
@sishy7 you deserve a Loyalty Award. :)
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@nanette64 (17470)
• Fairfield, Texas
2 Aug
I've had so many jobs in my lifetime @sol_cee ; sometimes 2 at a time. The 2 things I really wanted to do, I couldn't. Military: not allowed because I had a young child at the time. Police Officer: I was a female but the wrong nationality.
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@sol_cee (14386)
• Japan
3 Aug
May I know what nationality you are?
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@nanette64 (17470)
• Fairfield, Texas
3 Aug
@sol_cee White American. At the time they were looking for Black Americans, Hispanics and Orientals to fill the jobs because at the time White's were always picked over other nationalities as discrimination.
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@jobelbojel (6912)
• Philippines
2 Aug
Been there done that. I was a hopper and it wasn't a good thing. I hope that I am cutting this curse. I stayed in one company for 5 years and got burned out. And after that, I was jumping from one company to another.
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@sol_cee (14386)
• Japan
2 Aug
Cutting this curse means?
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• Philippines
8 Aug
@sol_cee It means I am not going to move to a different company unless my current does not want my service anymore.
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@Butchcass4 (6015)
• United States
2 Aug
I can't imagine doing the same thing for forty years. I personally have been permanently disabled since 1996. My husband worked for a company for 23 years and they shut the plant down and out he went. He was on unemployment until he found a job at a grocery store, then it was construction, then it was a nightmare job that had swing shift which he worked at for 3 long years. He is now retired working a part time job which is up and down some times he works 32 hours and sometimes he doesn't work at all. It's very unpredictable and its construction work. Some days he comes home looking like he was pulled through a knot, poor guy. I wished he had a job that was less physically demanding. Who knows what God will do! I am believing for an easier job for him that is flexible.
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@sol_cee (14386)
• Japan
3 Aug
I hope you two get the chance to have the time off, worry nothing and just enjoy life. You deserve that. :)
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@DianneN (76157)
• United States
2 Aug
Not counting menial jobs I've had in high school and college, I have had a career in teaching. I taught in the same school until I had my first child, then was a stay at home mom. When I returned to teaching, worked in a different school system and three different school. I was never bored and have made many wonderful long time friends.
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@sol_cee (14386)
• Japan
3 Aug
How about the modelling stint? ;)
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@cacay1 (32735)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
2 Aug
She won't have a stable job and when she retires, she will have less to receive.There are people like that.e cannot change the programs of their mind
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@sol_cee (14386)
• Japan
4 Aug
She knows what she wants and she's searching. I hope she finds what she's looking for soon.
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@Shavkat (60027)
• Philippines
2 Aug
I did change my jobs a couple of times. One main reason, I am not growing in my previous jobs.
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@sol_cee (14386)
• Japan
17 Oct
How about now? Have you grown? :)
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@Shavkat (60027)
• Philippines
17 Oct
@sol_cee Yes and I found myself doing it forever. But still, I am open to new things.
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@sol_cee (14386)
• Japan
17 Oct
@Shavkat Which mean you quit your job again?
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@dollaboy (6232)
2 Aug
It's not much exciting, I have changed my job at least 5 times
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@sol_cee (14386)
• Japan
2 Aug
Wow! Of the same field but different companies?
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@dollaboy (6232)
2 Aug
@sol_cee yeah different companies
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@sol_cee (14386)
• Japan
2 Aug
@dollaboy and counting?
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@lovebuglena (5864)
• Staten Island, New York
2 Aug
To be able to stay in one company for life is incredible. On the other hand, a person can't grow to their full potential or blossom as much if they stay in the same place for so many years. Plus, they can't grow much salary-wise if they stay in the same company, unless they get promoted to a higher paying position.
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@sol_cee (14386)
• Japan
17 Oct
On the contrary, if you are an employee who keeps on changing jobs, you will have to start the salary scheme at the bottom over and over again. Regardless of your age or qualification.
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• Staten Island, New York
17 Oct
@sol_cee Not if you apply for the same position but in a different company.
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@sol_cee (14386)
• Japan
17 Oct
@lovebuglena I mean that’s the situation here. :)
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@bluesa (13427)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
3 Aug
I can't say exciting, but they certainly have staying power. I am freelance but many of my friends have worked for the same company for 20 to 28 years.
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@sol_cee (14386)
• Japan
3 Aug
Working freelance has it perks. And you're happy Cath-san.
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@bluesa (13427)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
5 Aug
@sol_cee , most times ;)
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@thelme55 (14337)
• Germany
2 Aug
I have changed jobs many times when I was no longer happy with them. This time for 10 years, I am in the same part time job because I am happy with what I am doing now.
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@sol_cee (14386)
• Japan
3 Aug
Ten years for a part time job! Aren't you ripe for regularity?
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@thelme55 (14337)
• Germany
8 Aug
@sol_cee No, I don't want to because this is just a hobby to earn for my travels.
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