Justin Wolfers:

Approach your career ambitions the same way you approached your romantic ambitions at college. Sure, you’re looking for “The One,” but the only way to find that is by going on a lot of dates. And you should think about your first job as a good first date. Try it out. If you like it, stick around for another year. But if not, ask another employer out. And keep playing the field until you’ve found the job you want to stay with.

This pattern of hopping between jobs while young, before settling down, is in remarkably common. And it makes sense, too. Romantic success never follows from trying to improve your partner; it follows from moving on and finding a better match. The same is true in the world of work.

Indeed, economic research shows that most large pay gains come not from your boss promoting you, but rather from moving to a job that’s a better fit, with a different employer.

So for now, play the field. You’ll discover what you like, you’ll discover what you’re good at, and at some point you’ll be ready to settle down.

  1. tea-time-in-the-woods reblogged this from planetmoney
  2. onlywhenimdrunk reblogged this from planetmoney
  3. mrpiguy reblogged this from planetmoney
  4. qwn68 reblogged this from planetmoney
  5. bea2me reblogged this from planetmoney
  6. asagaciousnessofowls reblogged this from lameagon
  7. lameagon reblogged this from planetmoney
  8. topoandport reblogged this from planetmoney
  9. briannawashereyesterday reblogged this from yahighway
  10. holyrolypoliesbatman reblogged this from planetmoney
  11. bijou3owl reblogged this from planetmoney
  12. sweetsanju reblogged this from raviolii
  13. unbridld reblogged this from yahighway
  14. rawmetronome reblogged this from yahighway
  15. aprilwednesday reblogged this from yahighway
  16. find-the-light-in-the-darkness reblogged this from yahighway
  17. dreamingofseattle reblogged this from yahighway
  18. brucewaynemyhero reblogged this from yahighway