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A career change generally describes a transition to a new occupation that is not in line with your expected career progression. This transition often requires adapting to significant changes in roles, responsibilities, industries, locations, or work functions (within a familiar field).


On average, whether voluntarily or not, we change careers about five times throughout our working life. We pursue change for many reasons: job dissatisfaction, compensation, lack of job security, poor advancement opportunities, poor relationships with superiors, and lack of appreciation. But in spite of the perceived misery we seek to leave behind, changing our career can be complex and daunting - because of the fear of the unknown ahead. So poorly considered transitions increase your potential for loss and insecurity. Indeed, if you view  the change as unsuccessful, all future career decision-making becomes even more mentally burdensome.


Realistic, informed decisions are required to justify your investment of time, energy, and re-education towards pursuing a new career. With this in mind, it seems clear that you should understand your motivations if you are to move forward with reasonable certainty. Without this knowledge and clarity, your career decisions may result in low readiness for change, negative emotions, and self-doubt about your intended career change.


This exercise will help you identify the motivations underlying  your desire for a change of career. You will become aware of the specific reasons you are seeking change. Upon completion, you  can decide if you truly desire a complete career change or if you can alter your current role to better fit your needs.

Analyzing Your Reasons for a Career Change - A Self-Reflection Exercise

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