A young Job Hopper. Rotation and Talent Grooming – which do you prefer?

The average work span of a young Graduate in Singapore is about 2 years.

Youth is on their side. Empowerment is what they seek for, envisioning the possibility to make an impact in a fun-filled environment that doesn’t reek of any bureaucracy.

Employers are constantly seeking new ways to delight them. After all, the new generation is considered to be highly educated and widely travelled. Using technology, they think of new ideas to old problems. We need them, they are energetic and youthful.

But how often are they equipped with deep knowledge and real-time experiences to make better informed decisions?

One can’t gain a significant advantage after being on the role for a short period of time. Even if they claim otherwise, how will they eventually manage things and people?

What may happen is that they will apply for another job in a different firm if things are getting mundane, does not fit what they seek for. To most, it’s perfectly alright to try on various roles since this is the exploratory stage.

That’s part of the career self-discovery stage. Fully understandable. Taking on different designations open new realms of opportunities.

However, if it’s done excessively without knowing where to go at some point of time, one’s specific talent can be made questionable.

Frequent job rotation, though offer diverse exposure, will nonetheless lead to “jack of all trades but master of none“.

A Master typically hones his/her skills, challenges oneself to hit the ultimatum.


Depending on the industries, there needs to be a longer period of time of getting oneself immersed into the role – take the school of hard knocks, make mistakes and being molded into stronger characters.

Additionally, the process of updating their resumes with many jobs could be causes for concern. Questions arise such as “seems like you apply for several jobs….”, “why do you apply for more than 5 jobs within a year, with each lasting less than 2 years?”

Certainly, a young graduate does not want to look like a serial Job Hopper without any target in mind. One can’t gather a wealth of knowledge and a robust corporate network within a short span of time.

So, how do we identify such tendencies of young Job Hoppers?

Today is my first day of work. After my probation period, I am out of here

The odd mindset you will be “out of here” after the grace period, When the clock strikes the final hour, it’s time for you to pack up, regardless of how your work turns out.

Gosh….don’t you feel lethargic saying goodbyes and hellos and pressing the start button again and again.

I can quit my job anytime. I study in the best school, the highest educational pathway and have grades which are superbly excellent

Education provides the stepping stone. Workplace internships are just the launch-pads.

What’s missing here is people-to-people relationships. School does not equip you with corporate communication skills. Wherever you go, communication is important to get tasks done. Most firms are looking for team players, not individualists.

If one uses educational qualifications as the shortlisted criterion and therefore conditioned to think they are highly marketable, they may be wadding in treacherous waters. Without solid corporate achievements and network, there is lesser marketability. And this takes time to build up. One must also learn how to sell your profile as well.

I am 90% confident the grass is always greener on the other side. The grass never turns blue. Never!

Of course the colors of the grass remain. After all, we live in Singapore. But the grass has numerous insects living in between the forages. Can you see with your naked eye?

Similarly, can you confirm your next job be able to match what you expect?

It’s like a spinning roulette. You are simply running around with the betting chips. If you hate your boss now, you may hate the working environment in your next job.

And you start the blame game without evaluating your own first.

I can earn more by switching jobs regularly. My credentials are well sought after by the industry

Let’s do a reality check here.

If a current employee works in his job for up to 2 years, depending on his assigned role and the industry technicalities, how likely will his expertise be highly sought after?

Can he/she be comparable to another with 5 years of work experiences in the same company with similar job scope?

Put the same person into a work scenario. Chances are, the incumbent will find it hard to explain, face challenges to offer solutions since there are limited experiences. Unless there is a little genius inbuilt – a considerable amount of time to grow is needed on the job, take on more important responsibilities.


It’s great to jump right on to the next job with time at your side. Self-reflect, search an area of interest that resonates with you. But if one is conditioned to rotate jobs like a flip of the pen, this will lead to frustration. The wheel never stops spinning at the same level. Just like a rodent running in circles.

Talent takes time. Once you find something that makes you self-satisfied, aim to be the best. Be on the job longer, develop deeper abilities to make yourself hugely marketable.

And you can state specific accomplishments in your resume.

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