Career Change A Personal Crossroad

Are you finding yourself in the situation of facing a career change? Well, take comfort in this statistic: workers in today’s world, on the average, will have approximately 10 to 15 different jobs during the course of their careers. So you are not alone!

In today’s world, we know everything is fast-paced. It seems to be a full-time job just to keep up with what is going on around us. And so it stands to reason that the workplace is no exception. There are many reasons why one would face a career change. For instance, moving to another city would be one situation which would warrant a career change.

Another reason for a career change would be more personal. It might stem from wanting more professional growth, or more challenges, or it could be a case of “seven year itch”, a layoff, a life change or burnout.

For instance, let’s look at the legal system. Between the years 2015-2016, 2.3% of those employed in this area changed occupations (per the Bureau of Labor Statistics). In the same time period, according to a Current Population Survey, 4% of the workers changed from one field to another completely different one. That totals about 6.2 million American workers…why are they changing fields?

The answers are as many and diverse as the individuals we’re talking about here. But they have one thing in common: whatever the reasons, in any event, they are not as tangible as a physical move to another city. They are complex and individual.

And, just as one enlists the help of a personal trainer to make the most of their workout, an individual in this position, who is ready for a career change, could enlist the services and expertise of a career coach.

Career change coaching is found by many to be highly beneficial. When a fresh perspective is considered and career change advice is offered, an individual may be able to find a new direction. Career coaches many times are able to highlight areas for individuals to pursue which might not have occurred to them on their own.

Social media is a primary tool in career coaching, as it is a great way to reach a wide audience instantly. When an individual posts on Facebook, for example, under the guidance and direction of their career coach, the transition to a new occupation may be made easier.

So if you are at a crossroads in your professional life and facing a career change, you may want to consider the benefits of career coaching. A career coach helps determine not only where the individual may be happiest in their next occupation, but also provides the tools for the individual to get there.

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