Vishesh Nagpal

On being 'Jumpy'

I've been 'jumpy'. I was triggered by this tweet.

Vishesh Nagpal

Since my graduation in 2017, I've changed 3 organisations and also tried my hands at starting up. All roles had a through line of team-work and product but spanned widely different sectors. So I've stayed at one place for less than 2 years on average. That does make me jumpy.

I attempted to find hard stats on this, but available data on churn rates in India offer only vague estimates for my context. However, observing my peers and professional circle, I've noticed many with a similar tapestry of professional journeys. Transitioning between roles, such as from consulting to product to VC, or shifting sectors, like moving from non-tech to tech (or vice versa), seems not a rare thing at all.

If few change jobs often, it's personal; if many do, it's likely systemic.. ?

I wonder how else it could have been in my case. Even though I wish I had spent more time to

But nobody would award me for staying put at the cost of inner-personal chaos.

For each of my job switch, I have good explanations — and I don't just mean in the David Deutsch sense.

For others I can only guess their reasons behind being jumpy- they might chose any or more from

A blanket advice that warns against being jumpy is what irks me I guess;

is to me a skewed perspective.

Just as in relationships, where it's unrealistic to always find the perfect match on the first try, a career too might require exploration before settling into a context that feels like home.

And of course, there are 'bad jumpers' who:

How may recruiters disceren between two profiles is also a talent.

Because these are not two types of people in the world - jumpers and non jumpers - they are just two phases of the same person.

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