According to a Harris and University of Phoenix poll, only about 15% of U.S. workers believe they have the perfect job, while more than half want to change careers due to being unhappy or disengaged. Also, it is not uncommon for workers to consider multiple career changes throughout their working life. Why? Because they have no objective and systematic way when deciding on a career path to determine …
- A career that they would be both happy and successful in
- Careers with a higher than average long-term growth potential
- Comparable careers with the highest salary potential
- Careers that will be compatible with their existing education and experience levels
Stanford University professor of education, John Krumboltz, says, “the biggest mistaken assumption is one held by society at large: the assumption that career decisions happen ‘naturally.'”
“This is a big problem in society — and it’s overlooked and unrecognized,” he said. “Here is a decision that affects everything in our future — not just how we spend eight hours a day, 50 weeks a year — but probably who we’re going to marry, the neighborhood in which we live, who our friends are going to be, and how much money we have to spend.”
“A decision with such profound consequences deserves careful study.”
The results of not having an objective and systematic process to determine a new career are…
- You most likely will become dissatisfied with your next new career within a few years.
- You eventually will settle for a career you will not happy with and/or engaged in.
- You will not be able to take full advantage of your education or your previous experience.
- You will never achieve an income level that satisfies your objectives.
- The inability to land a job with a pay level compatible with your education and prior experience (i.e. 20 to 30 years of $20,000 in lost annual income = $400K to $600K in lost career-long income.)
- o Missing the opportunity to be promoted in a career you are especially good at and the associated salary increase (i.e. 10 to 20 years of $40,00 in lost annual income = $400K to $800K in lost career-long income.)
- Stressful process of deciding to give up your current career or in many cases, losing your current career due to employer changes.
- Stressful process of trying to decide on a better career, without an objective process.
- Disappointment in realizing that you are still unhappy with second or third career change.
- Living a full career of not being happy and/or successful.
- Stress of never being able to provide for your family at the level you have dreamed of.
Imagine the peace of mind you would enjoy if you knew that your next career change is the right one to put you on the path for future happiness and success.