High Tech Jobs, Longterm Jobs = Polar Opposites?
I have always understood that in my line of work (IT Systems Engineer) that moving from company to company, contracting, etc. was a way of life. It was almost an un-written code that after x amount of years it was time to start looking elsewhere. Almost like you made your contribution (hopefully for the better) and was time to move on.
This process concerned me in some ways just from the stability side, but was always exciting since you had new challenges. Working as an independent consultant for a while was awesome, unfortunately not as fun when you are planning a family.
I always wondered why this type of process seems to happen at a higher rate in high tech jobs than in other types of jobs. Is that just a perception I have?
With that said it seems once the layoffs come around all of the sudden the mind set changes and people no longer think in the same manner. No they want that long term availability. Maybe that is because when you have a job, you are more comfortable looking for that opportunity.
Although I always keep an eye on that "next job" because the other nature of this type of job is they companies tend to have a higher turn over due to profit or lack thereof. Maybe that is the cause of the mind set to move on after x number of years exists in the first place?
How is this in other sectors of the "high tech" jobs. Same? Different?
All I know is with the things the way they are I always try to have an out.