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    Cyburbian ursus's avatar
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    3-year itch: tenure at your employer [split from RTDNTOTO]

    I believe there is a planner's three-year itch. I'm approaching my third year here at this municipality, and I'm itchy as hell. Maybe it's just this shirt.
    "...I would never try to tick Hink off. He kinda intimidates me. He's quite butch, you know." - Maister

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    Quote Originally posted by ursus View post
    I believe there is a planner's three-year itch. I'm approaching my third year here at this municipality, and I'm itchy as hell. Maybe it's just this shirt.
    I'm getting a little itchy too...three years this summer, but I've had a promotion during that time so its just a slight itch.
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    Quote Originally posted by ursus View post
    I believe there is a planner's three-year itch. I'm approaching my third year here at this municipality, and I'm itchy as hell. Maybe it's just this shirt.
    I've suffered from that itch on a two-year cycle at every job I've had.

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    Quote Originally posted by ursus View post
    I believe there is a planner's three-year itch. I'm approaching my third year here at this municipality, and I'm itchy as hell. Maybe it's just this shirt.
    Somebody please explain why I still haven't had this itch after 18 yrs ?
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    Quote Originally posted by dandy_warhol View post
    I've suffered from that itch on a two-year cycle at every job I've had.
    Ditto. I'm about to end a 6 year tenure soon. An all time best for me...
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    9 years here so far. Soon to end, though. It was a good run.
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    A few days shy of 10 years. This is the longest I've ever stayed at any one place of employment.

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    I think some people are more "bohemianesque" than others. I know that I am! I like change and thrive on it. Also I think they days are long gone when employees hold allegiance to their employers.
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    My longest tenure at any employer has been a little over three years, regardless of promotions. It seems that I get antsy at about the 3-year window, but it is usually because I've exhausted advancement opportunities or need new challenges.

    Transition 1 (after 3.5 years): job closer to where I was attending grad school; larger, more complex city; opportunity to have a more seasoned mentor; greater opportunity for advancement & increased responsibility; significant raise; tired of working in a rural suburb

    Transition 2 (after 3.5 years): decided to try state government (mentor went to work for agency and asked me to come along); completely different set of challenges; changes in city management helped seal the deal on my decision to leave, as I was very torn about it; significant raise

    Transition 3 (after 1.5 years): realized I didn't like state government and missed being in the local government trenches and had a good opportunity to leave (I stuck around longer than I would have because I wanted to be there for my mentor's retirement); Lots of bad shit going on in the agency beyond my (or my mentor's) control, including a successful EEOC sex/gender discrimination case; heavy travel schedule and 60 hr. weeks were negatively affecting personal relationships; pay cut, but totally worth it.

    I'm about to hit six months with the current gig.

    My wife is the complete opposite: she worked at the same Dairy Queen for eight years--high school through college. She stayed at her first professional job for 7 years. The only reason she switched is because a new hospital opened closer to our home with better technology, pay and benefits, and that hospital system had an outstanding reputation for employee satisfaction.
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    3.75 years, and some days it is like I am covered in fire ants, like today. Others are more or less tolerable. Any work environment is going to have a shelf life and get stale sooner or later, especially if there is no opportunity for internal advancement.

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    I hit my four year mark with my current employer last week. This time last year I was getting really itchy to leave (a few years of pay-cuts and little chance for advancement in the foreseeable would do that to a guy) but over the past month, our little section within a larger department has undergone a major realignment and there have been some folks who were very opposed to the changes and have decided to leave which may work out to my advantage. However, it will take at least a month or two before we know how things will really shake out.

    But I always keep my eye open for new opportunities and I recently applied for a planner position at a local suburb so I'm keeping my fingers crossed for that.
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    Let's see now:
    1.5 years
    5.2 years
    13.5 years
    3 years
    3 years
    want to find a place to settle for 9 years to get the 30 year retirement package (2 jobs were with non-state retirement system gigs).
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    Starting year 23 at this place later this summer. Hoping to get through two more general elections plus a few years without turning into Paul Bäumer ....
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    Hahaha oh my lets see:

    6 months, 4 months, and most recently less than 2 months!

    I guess I've got nothing to complain about at this point!
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    Certainly no "planner's itch" with this Bear......na na na na na na, I'm not a planner.

    26 years in management at the manufacturing plant.
    15 years in management at the distribution center.

    Life goes on.

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    I will be 7 years are my current employer this July. No itch just yet
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    Quote Originally posted by JNA View post
    Somebody please explain why I still haven't had this itch after 18 yrs ?
    You must be using some type of protection.

    I am 4 years at my current place. Previous to that it was 2 years, 3 years and 2 years.
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    First gig-9 years
    Second 2Y, 10M Full time-2Y, 2M-part-time
    Third-2Y, 2 M-I worked the second and third gigs at the same time
    Fourth gig-5 very, very, very long years
    Current gig-3Y,6M and going strong
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    1.5 years. I'm currently at 6 years, and I am very, very itchy.
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    I have the three year itch. I am on a short list for a job in Hawaii but I haven't heard anything for a couple of weeks, so I'm starting to think about other ways to cure my itch besides penicilian.

    Turns out I could have been working towards my RLA all this time (Alaska has whacking licensing procedures for LAs), so I might stick around in my current job for three more years so I can get the stamp. My job is sometimes interesting and the pay isn't too bad, so it's not the worst option out there.
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    Quote Originally posted by JNA View post
    Somebody please explain why I still haven't had this itch after 18 yrs ?
    Quote Originally posted by Gedunker View post
    Starting year 23 at this place later this summer. :
    Quote Originally posted by imaplanner View post
    You must be using some type of protection.
    Must be the Ohio River water.
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    4.5 years at seasonal internship (I wanted to stay there for life, but the recession killed that)
    Going on 3 months at real estate office (2 months internship and almost 1 month doing full-time commercial real estate gig)

    Hard to tell with the real estate job, since I'm still settling into the full-time job, but so far, I'm really enjoying it. I think I just need to move closer to my work since my 1.5 hour commute is making me so tired and aggravated. But based on the internship and how things are going at my current job, I've come to the conclusion that as long as I'm in a good job that I enjoy in a good place, I will want to stay as long as I can. With both retail jobs I've had, that was not the case. I've found that my expiration date is about 6 months for that.
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