Jobs aren’t permanent fixtures in most people’s lives. Work, as we know it, might be. But individual jobs? Typically not. We job hop. People look for better opportunities — raises, promotions, etc. — at competing firms or in new industries entirely. It’s a basic feature of the labor market. And a strategic move to another job can open new doors that might have otherwise remained closed.
The churning of the labor market means people come and go. Employees are fired or laid off, or sometimes they just get fed up and quit. There are a million reasons why someone might leave a job, but it’s generally advisable to keep those bridges and networks intact. You might feel like tossing a Molotov cocktail (literally, or figuratively) as you leave a job for the last time, but it might only end up hurting you down the road.
Assuming one day you are going to quit or be fired from your job, you can plan ahead to account for what went wrong. Perhaps nothing went wrong — say, you were offered a better job somewhere else. But if you couldn’t show up on time or had a tumultuous relationship with your boss? That’s a bit tougher to explain.
And you can bet you’re going to have to explain. Once you’re on the job hunt, employers are going to want to know why you left previous positions. You’ll need to have a good answer.