It's a bittersweet day, because after 160 blogs, 30-odd videos, and 1,569 board comments (so far), I'm bidding farewell to All Analytics and moving on to a new company.
Writing a farewell blog that isn't trite or cliché is rather difficult, but I'll try to be sincere and work some analytics into the picture, as well.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Changing jobs brings a lot of upheaval, but it seems that most people do it fairly often. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) conducted National Longitudinal Surveys in 1979 and again in 2010 in order to get a sense of how often people change jobs.
The mean number of jobs held by males aged 18 to 46 with a Bachelor's degree or higher over the period of 1978 to 2010 is just over 11. Looking back on my 16 years in technology media (and a year each in legal and business media beforehand), I've worked for a total of seven companies, and the new gig makes eight. If you count job titles, however, I'm already on target with 12, so my experience falls within the largest two categories of workers.
If the current trend continues, and I work for another 20 years (which is more than likely), I may end up changing jobs at least another five or six times. I wonder whether the BLS breaks the stats down by when in their careers these respondents changed jobs. Do they tend to settle down more in the later years? What has your experience been? How do you think these trends will change for millennials?
I'd like to thank the academy
Now that we've got statistics out of the way, I would like to thank everyone who made my stint at All Analytics so educational and enjoyable.
First off, my heartfelt thanks to Beth Schultz, intrepid leader of the All Analytics community, for her erudition, patience, support, and guidance throughout my tenure. It's been an honor to work with her and to be a part of this community. Under her editorship over the past three years, All Analytics has grown into a vibrant and important forum. I wish her continued success.
Second, thanks to all of the expert contributors who share their analytics experiences and insights here. From statistics to visualization to data management and beyond, A2 gives us opportunities to engage with the industry's brightest practitioners every day.
Third, thanks to all of the site members whose feedback and conversation I've come to cherish over the last 10 months. Coming from traditional print publishing, where circulation numbers don't always reflect reader engagement, it's great for me to write in a forum where I know I'll hear from smarter, more experienced people with great ideas to share.
Finally, I'd like to thank our sponsor, SAS, for giving us the opportunity to learn from renowned professionals and the freedom to pursue important and interesting stories.
Speaking for myself, I've learned a tremendous amount about analytics tools, visualization, enterprise culture, data management, and the myriad ways analytics is changing -- and will change -- the world. And the learning isn't over. I will still visit the site and chime in as time allows, and I hope you'll all continue the conversations and keep me in the loop via social media.
What do you think, members? Share your ideas and stories about job changes in our comments section below.
— Michael Steinhart, , Executive Editor, AllAnalytics.com