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Reasons Why People Change Careers

The last data collected by the U.S. Bureaur 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. According to an article on Time.com, one out of three people currently employed spends about an hour per day searching for another position. The article lists these as the top reasons why people may change careers, based on a survey conducted by Right Management:

  • 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 a better 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%).


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