I’ve been working as a software developer for the past six months at the same company. However, I’ve recently had thoughts of leaving for a company that better fits my interests (culture and team work). The main problem that concerns me is I left my first job after six months to work for the company I’m at now and I don’t want to be seen as a job jumper.
I worked for a software consulting company right out of school but left after 6 months due to never being put at clients with work related to software engineering.
I am now working at another company as a Software Engineer. I am guaranteed a year of work but may or may not be brought on full time at the end of the year. Three months in I had some concerns about the work and culture but stuck it out to see if anything changed. Six months in, I am starting to realize I don’t really like the work. Almost all of the work I do is by myself with small help from a senior developer. She works on multiple projects so she doesn’t have much time to spend with me. I can spend entire days without talking to anyone (besides lunch and small informal chats here and there) and that’s normal. There is basically no culture as a team. We never go out for drinks or anything of that nature. We pretty much show up then go home.
Is this a valid reason for leaving? Will hiring managers understand my reasons for leaving so soon? I don’t want to be blacklisted as a job hopper but I also want to be happy and fulfilled when working in an industry I have great passion for.