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In just 5 years as an adult, gainfully employed professional, I’ve worked for four different employers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average tenure for an American at any given job is just under four and a half years. I fall a bit below that average—in fact, just as I hit the 3-year mark in my last position (an apparent lifetime through my personal career lenses), I left for a new opportunity.

But I don’t consider myself a job hopper.

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