Why I Stayed at the Same Company for 7 Years (and Counting)

One way of avoiding a job search is to stay and evolve with your current employer.


This is a guest post by Karen Cayamanda. If you’d also like to guest post here on JobMob, follow these guest post guidelines.

It’s been more than seven years since I started working at an outsourcing company.

In this time and age when everybody seems to be on a constant lookout for diversity in almost anything, the fact that I managed to stay at the same company for several years never fails to surprise other people.

I don’t mind. In fact, I sometimes wonder how I did it, and why.

I’ve always wanted to be a writer. A month after college graduation, I got a nice job offer – a start-up company was in need of a content writer for its network of websites. I got the job, and started writing about a wide range of topics. That was 2004.

Fast forward to 2011, I am still working at the same company, but it’s now a medium-sized enterprise, with more than 1000 employees and offices in various locations.

As time progressed, my tasks have become more and more challenging. I’ve seen my colleagues-turned-friends come and go. Workplace issues pushed me to turn to beer and drink until I’m numb. I’ve learned to be indifferent to things that are not worth paying attention to. A lot of people are asking me why I can’t leave the company. I’ve also asked myself the same question.

3 reasons I've stayed so long

  • Being part of a company’s milestones and history is something that I just cannot let go. It started with only three writers and its growth is much faster than anyone could have expected. I’ve seen it all. There’s that sense of history and a constant reminder of how amazing it is to play a role in something great. It goes without saying that I owe my entire corporate life to the company owner who still believes that I can get the job done.
  • I learn something new every day. It’s one of the perks of being a writer. I’m desk-bound eight hours a day, five days a week, but that does not hinder me from discovering new things. Maybe it’s just me, but a lot of reading and writing can take you places.
  • It’s way more than the job itself. The working environment plays a huge role in my reason to stay at the company. While I am not what you can consider “popular” at the workplace, I am surrounded by awesome colleagues who are always there to help, whether it’s about work or when I need someone to have coffee with because stress is clouding my better judgment.  I must say that inevitably, there are bad days. I just learned to fully enjoy the good days as they come.

People may say that I am simply afraid of change. They may be right, but while there are times when I want to give up and move on to something new, the joys of working at the company far outweigh the reasons to look for another job. Being happy in what I do is enough reason for me to stay.

For job seekers, do not only consider salary and benefits. In the long run, finding a job that enables you to do what you want and what you’re really good at will do wonders to your life in general.

About the Author

Karen Cayamanda is currently working as the Online Marketing Lead at MicroSourcing, an outsourcing and offshoring solutions provider based in the Philippines. Visit MicroSourcing.com for more information or Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/MicroSourcing.

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