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For younger workers, job hopping has lost its stigma. Should it?

By Eilene Zimmerman

09 Aug 2023 · 4 min read

informed Summary

  1. Job hopping is becoming increasingly common, especially among younger workers keen to increase their salary and skills.

Pranav Ravikumar has held three jobs since college, and he’s only 24. One month after graduating in December 2020, he cycled through two rotations of a management training program at the pharmaceutical company Abbott. Ravikumar became an e-commerce analyst, but he wanted the kind of faster-paced work found at consulting firms and startups. The job at Abbott also required him to move to Columbus, Ohio, far from family and friends in Washington, D.C.

In October 2021, Ravikumar left Abbott for a remote job with Dragonfly, a startup that acquires and develops small e-commerce businesses, and moved back to Washington. A few months in, he spoke to his manager about becoming more involved with strategy, but nothing changed. So a year later, Ravikumar began job hunting. This February, he started a job in product marketing at Alma, a membership network that helps mental health care providers build their practices.

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