My fellow Millennials, Doesn\u2019t it irritate you that Millennial job hoppers get a bad reputation in the working world? Because it certainly does for me. The moment a HR manager sees your resume with multiple jobs in only a few years, they immediately label you as disloyal, picky, and entitled. I\u2019ve heard many criticisms about how our generation is job-hopping too much, how we should be grateful that we have a job, and how we should take bad experiences as a stepping stone. I used to hear them and feel like shit, because I thought that I was being ungrateful. Worse, I thought there was something wrong with me for wanting more. Why can\u2019t I be normal and just be content with my job? Until I realized what utter bullshit this blame game was. So, here\u2019s a message to all my #millennialfam out there: It is OKAY to job-hop. Albeit with a valid reason. Here\u2019s why: You Don\u2019t Owe Your Company Anything I\u2019ll say it again: YOU DO NOT OWE THEM ANYTHING After 2 and a half years of working at my first job, I left it for a better offer; a RM1K jump in my salary with flexible working hours. Upon my resignation, my boss told me \u201cWow we trained you and gave you so many opportunities in this company, and now you nicely took it and left?\u201d I felt super guilty after that, because she was a great boss and I\u2019d appreciate the opportunities that she gave me. But I also had to think for myself. It was my life after all, and my life didn\u2019t revolve around my company. So, while you are grateful to be employed by the company, you don\u2019t owe them jack. So why stick around when there is better opportunity elsewhere? Rationally, guilt shouldn\u2019t be reason enough to stay in a job. To The Company, You Are Replaceable Let\u2019s face the facts. No matter who or how important you are in a company; you\u2019re replaceable. I once had this ex-colleague who controlled every document in the company, and was the go-to person when it came to operational policies and documentation. One day, she had an argument with the boss, and resigned within 24 hours. Everyone thought that the company would be lost when she left due to her knowledge and skills, and with no handover to boot. Somehow, the company survived the first day, and the second day, and on it still went. Her boss simply assigned her job to someone else. Sure, it wasn\u2019t easy at first, but the company managed to pull themselves together. No harm done. Think about it - is there really a point to staying in a terrible job with a sucky company who can replace you in a heartbeat? You\u2019re Not Living In Your Parents\u2019 Time Another major complaint on millennial job hopping comes from Baby Boomers who compare us with their time. There\u2019s nothing more annoying than middle-aged relatives judging you for leaving a job, just because they stuck with the same job for 10 to 20 years. Have you ever looked at your parents\u2019 \u201820 Years of Service\u2019 medal award and think; how on earth did they stay so long? I sure did. But the thing is, our parents were in a completely different time. Companies back then took care of them AND their families. My dad worked in a government company which gave him and his wife free unlimited medical coverage for life! Plus, the value of money back then was greater too. A middle-income job got our parents a car and a house. That\u2019s simply not the case now. So can we really be blamed for wanting better prospects and benefits? Not Everyone Has A Lucky Streak In Their Job, And That\u2019s Okay There was a time where I once changed two jobs within a span of 3 months. Now I\u2019m not entirely blameless; I didn\u2019t do a background check on the first company, and realized soon after that the company had bad financials and was going downhill. As for the second company, its working values didn\u2019t match mine, which was something I should\u2019ve clarified during the interview. Both companies had serious top management problems and crazy politics. So, I resigned from both. I was dejected when it didn\u2019t work out with those companies. Thankfully, I eventually managed to find a good job with a good boss and pay, and stayed with that company instead. In the end, it was a valuable learning process for me. Sometimes, you just get horrible jobs that don\u2019t work out, which is completely fine. There\u2019s no point in staying in a bad career when you know it\u2019s going nowhere. Bad jobs may be just bad luck for now, but perhaps a better offer is just a job hunt away. So does this mean you should run from your job at the first sign of trouble? No. A job change is something that must be thought of carefully. But if you\u2019ve given it your all, and if being in the job is draining you mentally, then you know its time to go. Because no job is worth your self-respect, and mental sanity. For more articles on Career & Skills, read 4 Career Lies We Need to Stop Believing Right Now, and Why You Should Not Take a Pay Cut? Here Are the 3 Reasons Why.