How long to stay in consulting gig to break job hopper label?
Hi everyone. I graduated from a target in 2019 but have moved around a lot since graduating. I am about to start my third job in a little over two years in a series of Covid impacted but upward moves and am looking for advice about avoiding being labeled as a job hopper. I have listed my jobs and rationale for leaving below.
Job 1: 1.5 Years. Strategy/planning role in a private tech company that is not very well known but is a leader in its industry. Industry was massively impacted by Covid and layoffs started occurring and I feared for my job security. That being said, the role was also more planning focused than I hoped and I was more interested in strategy. Decided that I wanted to eventually pursue strategy consulting to build stronger skills and get broader exposure than I was getting in this more niche kind of tech industry but then COVID shut down the consulting industry basically.
Job 2: 6 months.a publicly trade fortune 1000 company. Joined because it was an opportunity to be in a role focused on strategy development and technology which is where I want to be. Team was ex-consultants so I figured I would be able to build similar skills to consulting despite not being at a consulting firm since the market was a shitshow and they weren't hiring. Also, the company and industry was less impacted by COVID and I was no longer living in fear of losing my job everyday. Figured I would stay here for a while and use an to pivot into strategy consulting.
Job 3: T2 consulting (LEK, OW, Strategy&). Consulting experienced a massive hiring surge about 5 months into my 2nd job and I managed to get an offer at a T2 firm. Took the offer because consulting was my goal all along and I feel like this is a massive step up from being at a relatively unknown fortune 1000 company. Really excited and I start there pretty soon.
Do I have a strong explanation for job hopping? Also, I know people don't stay in consulting for that long usually but how long should I try to stick it out given my job hopping background? Thanks everyone.