01/11/2010 by Sarah Ritchie
Some people live in the same house (or at least the same town) all their lives. Some people stay in the same job 5, 10, 15 years. Me, I have moved house 9 times in 9 years (including overseas and intercity). According to the finance industry I have a “very poor stability rating” and might suffer a higher interest rate on finance as a consequence.
The graphic design/advertising industry is notorious for its high turnover of employees. It is an accepted fact that a worker will leave their job after an average of 18 – 24 months. What is it about the industry that drives people to migrate? The stress? The hours? Or, could it be a push from within that makes a creative person’s feet start to itch? Is there something – unique to a creative soul – that seeks new challenges and new faces?
My grandfather changed jobs a LOT, and moved his family from suburb to suburb as a result. He was a creative man – both artistic and musical, but his career choices (or available options at that time) were anything but creative. I wonder what made his feet so itchy? My mother wouldn’t have been who she was if he hadn’t been who he was, so I can’t lament his life choices on her behalf. I can only ponder the whys and what ifs, and wonder if he passed the itchy feet gene down to me…