Quitting your job 辭還是不辭?跳槽對個人發展的利與弊

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在過去,人們通常在同一個單位一直工作到退休。對公司忠心耿耿可能給你很多額外的福利和穩定的工作保障。而現在,另謀高就的機會層出不窮,但假如你還沒有另一份工作可去,「裸辭」 是否相當於自毀前程?本期節目聊聊跳槽對個人職業發展的利弊。

詞彙:work 工作

How long have you been in your job for? If you’re climbing a career ladder, how long do you intend to stay on it? It’s hard to know when to jump ship and to do something different, and it’s even more problematic deciding whether to quit if you don’t have a new job to go to.

In the past, a job for life was just that – something you did throughout your working life. Being loyal to one company came with many perks and job security. But these days, there are many more opportunities to switch your career path, so it’s normal to have many jobs listed on your CV. It’s accepted that our goals change, so quitting one job for another shows how versatile and adaptable we are.

According to insurance firm LV, a worker in the UK will change employer every five years on average. In the US, it’s even shorter, with people staying with a single employer for just over four years, according to official statistics. Victoria Bethlehem from recruitment firm Adecco told the BBC that she looks favourably on a prospective employee who has changed roles every three to five years.

While it’s good to pursue new work challenges, is quitting your job for no job at all career suicide? It’s risky, but it can give you a chance to follow your dreams. LinkedIn influencer Murugan Pandian, who’s a project efficiency expert at St Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, says: 「If you are that miserable [in your job], then sometimes it helps to quit, reassess your priorities in life and then come up with a more creative job-hunting strategy.」

Of course resigning from your job is scary – there is the fear of the unknown, but for some, no job is better than a thankless one. The recent Covid pandemic has certainly made people think twice about their career priorities, and with workers being forced back to the office, some of them may be tempted to leave their job without having a new role to go to. But no job means no money, so quitting needs careful thought, although it could lead you down a whole new career path.

詞彙表

climb a/the career ladder 步步高陞
jump ship 跳槽,另謀高就
quit 辭職
a job for life 終生的工作,「鐵飯碗」
perks (工作上的)額外福利
job security 工作保障
career path 職業前途
versatile 多用途的,這裡指 「有多種技能的」
recruitment 招聘
employee 員工
career suicide 自毀前途
job-hunting strategy 求職策略
resign 辭職
role 職位

測驗與練習

1.  閱讀課文並回答問題。

1. What used to be the benefits of a job for life?

2. Where might an employer see a list of jobs you have done?

3. According to the article, what might a worker in the US do on average every four years?

4. Why might you quit your job, even if you don’t have another one to go to?

5. What might returning to the office cause some workers to do?

2.  選擇意思恰當的單詞或詞組來完成下列句子。

1. After going nowhere in my career, I decided to _______ and retrain as a chef.

ship jump                  jump ship                   jump ships                 jumped ship

2. My new shoes are very _______ – I can use them for hiking and for work.

role                           perks                          versatile                     resigning

3. My company has created a new _______ for me as 『head of stationery’.

employee                 recruitment                 career ladder              role

4. After a second year not getting a bonus, I decided to _______.

resign                       resigned                     resigning                    resigns

5. The manager awarded all her _______ with an extra day off because of their hard work.

employers                employees                  employment               perks

答案

1.  閱讀課文並回答問題。  

1. What used to be the benefits of a job for life?
A job for life came with many perks and job security.

2. Where might an employer see a list of jobs you have done?
They could see your jobs listed on your CV.

3. According to the article, what might a worker in the US do on average every four years?
In the US, employees stay with a single employer for just over four years, according to official statistics. So they change jobs every four years.

4. Why might you quit your job, even if you don’t have another one to go to?
The reasons mentioned in the article include being miserable in your job or having a thankless one.

5. What might returning to the office cause some workers to do?
They may be tempted to leave their job without having a new role to go to.

2.  選擇意思恰當的單詞或詞組來完成下列句子。

1. After going nowhere in my career, I decided to jump ship and retrain as a chef.

2. My new shoes are very versatile – I can use them for hiking and for work.

3. My company has created a new role for me as 『head of stationery’.

4. After a second year not getting a bonus, I decided to resign.

5. The manager awarded all her employees with an extra day off because of their hard work.