I’ve reported to and known my manager for one year. He’s probably in his late 50s early 60s. I’m 25. In this year of working together and as standard practice of company culture I’ve networked internally and job shadowed to discover the next role I would like to go after. For the second time now and in a lot more detail, today in our 1x1 my boss told me the following:
I may just be old fashioned and I know you millennials like to move faster than I did in my career and move around more than I do but here’s some advice I want to give you that I’ve learned in my career. Be wary of jumping around to another role as soon as your company policy allows it. You don’t want a manager to toss your resume aside because they see you’ve jumped around so much as fast as possible. They’re looking for someone who’s going stay put for a while. Someone who’s serious.
I have applied to one internal job in the past year. My gut reaction to this was a pretty disappointed one and loss of respect for my boss. I’d like some second opinions on this. I have worked my ass off to get where I’m at. I got an IT job at a fortune 50 company when I was 18 and have been here for 7 years. I’ve had 5 promotions in 7 years because of hard work. I understand there can be negative intent in moving around to jobs to get out of a previous one. I do not do that, I am ambitious and want the best life possible for myself and would like a family one day.
I just took offense to someone saying what I perceive is to slow down as if there’s something wrong with wanting to grow as quickly as possible because I want the best life possible for me and my family.
To clarify, 4 of the roles I've changed to were promotions. The fifth which is my current was a lateral. In the Technical Support organization, yes this is standard company culture, which is why I was surprised by the advice