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Why changing jobs regularly might not be a bad thing anymore

Margaret Rice-Jones, Chairman of travel app Skyscanner, speaks to Hot Topics about why thinking two steps ahead with your job choices is all important.

Changing jobs regularly doesn’t have the same negative connotations as it used to.

According to a Forbes article, employers, especially those in the tech sector, are looking more favorably on those who have had a higher number of employers.

There’s a number of reasons for this: those who focus on changing jobs regularly are more likely to have a diverse skill-set, a bigger network and to have been exposed to different businesses and people.

While there are few drawbacks, including the risk that employers may not invest as much time in someone who’s had a larger number of jobs, as well as reduced job security, it might well be argued that the benefits of changing jobs regularly outweigh the cons.

Margaret Rice-Jones is the chairman of Skyscanner. She’s held a number of high profile roles over the course of her career, and she attributes her success partly to the experience she gained in each role.

She sat down with Hot Topics and explained how she got to be where she is today:

“I followed a piece of career advice that I was given very early on, which was not to take a job for what the job gave you, but to take the job for what it enabled you to do next.

“I think I’ve followed that advice, taking each step, and then seeing where each step might actually let me go in the next step.”

Rice-Jones attributed this advice with the exciting career that she’s had:

“Whilst I had no idea at the beginning that I’d end up where I am now, following that advice has allowed me to take quite a planned and considered career that has taken me to places that are far more exciting than I could have ever conceived when I graduated from university.”

To hear more career advice from Margaret Rice-Jones, watch the video above.