I Guess I’ll Never Know

Last week I (along with a bunch of other employees) received a very nice plaque and a heavy-duty mug to acknowledge 10 years of working for the same company. The gifts were nice, in a frugal nod to all people who had either not quit, or not been fired over the past decade. Until I received an e-mail letting me know I would be receiving my plaque, I had no idea how long it had been since I accepted my first contract all that time before.

10 years ago, I had been out of school for about a year, and had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I took the job initially because it seemed interesting and challenging, and have moved around to several different jobs since my tenure began. I’ve gotta say, I still really have no idea what I want to end up doing. The work I do is challenging, and I enjoy going into the office everyday, along with the camaraderie I have with my co-workers.

The thing is, I have about a decade left of working until my “preferred” retirement date, and I really don’t think any kind of career-goal inspiration is going to come my way (I’m pretty stuck in my ways). There are skills that I would like to learn, both work-related and otherwise (wood-working, and some arts to name a couple) but I don’t really see myself making a significant job change in the near-future, unless I’m involved in some sort of significant lay-offs.

I’m okay with doing what I do for the next decade. The job I have gives me over a month per year off, which coupled with stat holidays, only “forces” me to work for about 45 weeks per year (at 36.25 hours per week). While I appreciate people who are able to follow their “passion” in a workplace environment, I would rather make pretty good money at work and do things that I’m super-interested in when I have free time. I change hobbies and things I’m interested in so often that it’s almost nice to have a grounded job that focuses me during the weekdays.

I look forward to the day that I will be able to have more time to spend on the weird stuff I get interested in from time to time (much to my wife’s chagrin), but I’m fine muddling away with my current company as long as they’ll let me work there.

Are you a job jumper, or do you stay long-term with employers?

4 thoughts on “I Guess I’ll Never Know”

  1. I actually got a nice raise back in the 1980s by threatening to leave. My boss somehow found out I was interviewing elsewhere, and at a time when there was a lot of turnover at my office. He offered me a raise to stay which was very nearly the same as the raise to leave. So I stayed.

    I later used my longevity of service as leverage to get both of my part-time work arrangements.

  2. I’m long term. 5 years with this company, 10 years with the previous, and in some ways that’s really 15 years, because my job transitioned between companies. I’m also enjoying my job, but with only a couple/few years left until my own FI, my feet are starting to get itchy.

  3. I definitely see where you’re coming from, but I can’t define myself as a job-jumper or long-termer yet, as I’m just figuring this out. In your case, I’d absolutely do the same as you, but when I get serious about a thing I can only treat as a hobby, I think of quitting my day job – but then again, other than money issues, I worry that the charm of the hobby is exactly that I don’t have enough time for it – if that makes sense to you.
    Cool post though, congrats on the 10 years!

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