How long should you stay in a job?

When should you take the leap and switch things up? And if you do, how long is acceptable to stay in your new gig?
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It’s a fair question – right? We spend so much of our lives working, it seems sensible to know when’s too little, too long, and when’s just the right amount to stay in a job for maximum benefit for your career.

The truth is, there is no magic number, nor any strict rules. But there are some useful guide points, especially as COVID continues to throw many of our work-life cards in the air.

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).