I’m a job hopper.
After college, I couldn’t find a teaching job anywhere in IL, so I moved down to FL for two years. That was always the plan: two years and then I’d move back to Chicago.
So that’s what I did. I lived in FL for two years and moved right back in June after the school year ended…without a job lined up. Was that the smartest thing? No, it pretty much goes against the holy grail of switching jobs advice: don’t leave a job until you have secured a job somewhere else.
But, I was young and naïve and figured the world was my oyster, blah blah blah. Luckily, I received an offer in Chicago in July, so it worked out. But, that job only lasted a year because of cuts after our district had a strike.
So, I went looking for another job. I had an interview on my birthday and got the job. I’ve been at the same school for the past two years. Actually, that’s the longest I’ve been at any school.
I’ve taught for 5 years in 3 schools.
And now I’m looking for the next best thing. I mean, I’ve got my reasons: I want to live car(e)-free, which would save me $2,000-$3,000 a year. I would like to move somewhere with less expensive rent. Right now, I’m paying $825 a month, and that doesn’t even include the bills. All of this would mean moving to a school closer to where I am now.
Sometimes I wonder if job-hopping so much will hurt me in the long run. I haven’t been somewhere more than two years. But, remember, no one cares about your money more than you. So, if you see it as a good investment in the long run, the numbers make sense, and you are confident in yourself and your abilities, then go for it! You will be glad you did.
Are you a job hopper?