Is 18 months too long to be in one role? Is 18 months too long to be in one role?
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    Ok I admit I've been very lucky in that I've had a contract throughout Covid and it's not been particularly streneous. Having said that i've found it has got boring as we are doing BAU level projects rather than greenfield which I started with. I've told them that the myself and the other contractor need to move on as they have a dependency on 2 contractors for delivering projects and no KT has been performed ensuring they can transition to BAU properly. Generally my contracts tend to last between 6-12 months as I tend to get bored very quickly and everytime I've lasted longer than that my motivation has dwindled and productivity nose dived. God knows how I'd survive being a permie. So is 18 months too long?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zigenare View Post
    Have you bled the radiators yet at clientco?

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    What are your thoughts on "the chutney spoon"?
    I'm at home office. Not yet needed to bleed the radiators here.

    Gladiator one of the best films of all time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthWestPerm2Contr View Post
    Ok I admit I've been very lucky in that I've had a contract throughout Covid and it's not been particularly streneous. Having said that i've found it has got boring as we are doing BAU level projects rather than greenfield which I started with. I've told them that the myself and the other contractor need to move on as they have a dependency on 2 contractors for delivering projects and no KT has been performed ensuring they can transition to BAU properly. Generally my contracts tend to last between 6-12 months as I tend to get bored very quickly and everytime I've lasted longer than that my motivation has dwindled and productivity nose dived. God knows how I'd survive being a permie. So is 18 months too long?
    You threw the over contractor under the bus because you're bored?

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    18 months in the same roll is too long

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    I think 18 months is about the right time to start to exit. Not sure I would have brought the other contractor into the discussion tho, maybe you could KT to him ?

    Same reasons, but also driven by the old 24 month workplace rule.

    My average is 12 months and I'm usually ready for a change by then.

    Unfortunately / fortunately , I've not had a break for 12 months + and I personally suffer for it. Going back into the private sector after a stint earlier in the year with the NHS hurt.

    It's like going from something really motivating and terribly important to something that now feels mercenary.

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    Well I have to admire your enthusiasm. We are heading for recession that may make the great depression look like a quiet Saturday and you are bailing without a cushy post to go to,

    Have fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddy View Post
    18 months in the same roll is too long

    That ham has not been in that roll for 18 months.

    As far as the roll goes, that's still in the "probably builds your immune system" category, in my book!

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    I don't think there's a right or wrong length of time to be in the same gig, although the longer you are there the harder it is to say you're not a permie.

    I tend to leave when I get bored, preferably when I've got something else lined up first, but sometimes I just take the time off and have a nice break. The latter is not really advisable at the moment, I'd say.

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    I have lasted a number of years as a contractor in one place but when I started to get bored I looked for stuff that needed fixing and branched out into that developing my skills for the next role. As old smeg will tell you, his ability to clean the floor and round the rim has stood him in good stead in his zero hour contracts.
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