Career Change Statistics


“Career Change Statistics Could Support Your Decision
For A Change In Your Career Choices.”


The Data

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You would think with all of the electronic data we have today, we would get be able to get access to statistics on how people change careers during their lifetime. But, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, they do not track such changes. The reason is that they would have to track the entire working life of an individual person and they haven’t done that.

However, the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 (NLSY79) has indeed tracked some baby boomers over a large portion of their lives. The report released in 2010 is available on the BLS website at: www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/nlsoy.pdf. Their data shows:

This group of baby boomers during the period for the ages 18 through 44 held an average of 11 jobs. Men held on average 11.4 jobs and women 10.7.

For the period from age 18 - 22, men held 4.5 jobs as compared from age 39 - 44 where men held 2.0 jobs. For women, the reduction in number of jobs held for the same age groups were similar.

Wow! Just think, this was during the period where you would have thought that most people joined a company and worked for them almost their entire lives. That just was not true. They held 11 jobs. Of course, some of the jobs during their earlier years could be short term to earn enough for a specific reason, rather than a career choice.


What Does This Tell Us

To me, it says that people do change careers, quite often. Matter of fact, it is becoming more likely that you will change jobs during your career than ever before, With the electronic communication that is available, you can be almost anywhere to work on your job.


You Can Find Your New Vocation

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Career change statistics show us that considering a new vocation or career is a common occurrence. So, you are not different because you want a new challenge with satisfaction and job in your work.

Take the next step and look around to consider just what it is that you want to do. What career do you want? Consider what you enjoy doing and find your passion. Look for ways in which you can incorporate your passion into your everyday work life.



How To Try It Out

You may have a direction you want to consider, but want more information. You also may have already decided exactly what career you want, but could use additional insight into the day-to-day element of that job.

Search and Find Your Mentor
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Our career advice is to take the next step and spend time with a mentor who will take you through the key elements of that career. That is when you will gain the knowledge and confidence to complete your decision on your new career.

If you are having difficulty locating the mentor you need, then check with us to help you learn how to find a mentor.



Discover which career is best for you at the Career Occupation Description page.


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