Careers and Changes

Choosing a career is a stressful decision, especially when you are at a school leaving age. At seventeen or eighteen years old, how does one know what you would like to do job wise for the rest of your life, that you will be content and happy with many of us, at the age of between forty and sixty, still don't know what we want to could try guitar making.

Below is and interesting part of an article where a study was done in 2008 on career changing. There are a number of people, who, at the age of between thirty upwards are not in the career they chose or studied. In the statistics below, this makes up the second largest percentage of people changing careers. Why is this, what makes us want to leave or change the job we have? This is an extremely broad and controversial subject, one that someone could write a thesis on.

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Career changing (occupation)

Changing occupation is an important aspect of career and career management. Over a lifetime, both the individual and the labour market will change; it is to be expected that many people will change occupations during their lives. Data collected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics through the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth in 1979 showed that individuals between the ages of 18 and 38 will hold more than 10 jobs. Imagine what that number is today!

A survey conducted by Right Management (May 2008) suggests the following reasons for career changing.

  • The downsizing or the restructuring of an organization (54%).
  • New challenges or opportunities that arise (30%).
  • Poor or ineffective leadership (25%).
  • Having a poor relationship with a manager(s) (22%).
  • For the improvement of work/life balance (21%).
  • Contributions are not being recognized (21%).
  • For better compensation and benefits (18%),
  • For better alignment with personal and organizational values (17%).
  • Personal strengths and capabilities are not a good fit with an organization (16%).
  • The financial instability of an organization (13%).
  • An organization relocated (12%).

According to an article on, one out of three people currently employed (as of 2008) spends about an hour per day searching for another position.

So, when you feel like changing your job, for whatever reason, as many of us do, you are quite normal!


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