According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median number of years employees stay with their employers is 4.2. Even with fluctuations based on employees' age and their occupation, it's clear that many people have multiple jobs and employers throughout their lifetimes. With ever-increasing competition between employers, it's no surprise that companies embrace noncompete agreements (NCAs) as a way to keep employees and to protect proprietary information. In fact, a 2014 research study revealed that one in five workers were bound by noncompetes and about 40 percent of the workforce had signed a noncompete in the past.
A longtime careers writer and coach, Krasi Shapkarova serves as an associate director of coaching and education at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in Washington, DC, and is also the editor-in-chief of Carey the Torch, the official blog of the Career Development office. She is a Certified Career Management Coach with The Academies, an MBTI Step I and Step II certified practitioner, and has completed training in the Career Leader assessment. Prior to joining the Carey Business School staff, Krasi worked as a counselor at the distance education department at Houston Community College. In that role, she assisted students with career exploration, degree planning, course selection and study skills. In addition, Krasi has extensive experience as a writing tutor assisting students with resumes, cover letters and scholarship essays. She also interned at Shriners Hospitals for Children and has a background in the non-profit sector. Krasi holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and a Master of Arts in International Human Rights from the University of Denver. When not in the office, Krasi enjoys hiking and camping.