Today is a special episode, we are going to unpack how to make a career change. Whether that is starting a new job or building your own business, at some point most of us will want to make a change, the problem is it can often feel overwhelming when you do. However, you might be surprised to learn just how many of us experience career changes on a regular basis.
According to the latest findings from the Pew Research Center approximately 53% of employed U.S. adults quit their jobs in 2021 and changed their occupation or field of work at some point last year. Additionally, Research by the online career platform, Zippia finds that in the United States, 37% of the labor force changed or lost their job in 2020.
The average American worker has 12 jobs throughout a lifetime and an average tenure of about 4.1 years. Learning to manage your career is a critical skill.
On today’s podcast, Dorie Clark, author, consultant and keynote speaker will be joining us to discuss how you can make a career change and find meaning at work.
While most of us can identify a meaningful goal we want to pursue, there isn’t always an equal opportunity to realize these ambitions. Men and women do not have the same access to purse their passions, hobbies and interests outside of work. In the United Kingdom the office for National Statistics data has found that men spend an average of four hours and 39 minutes every week on hobbies, computing and games. In comparison, women spend just two hours and 38 minutes on the same activities. Men were found to spend more of their hours on leisure time than women in almost every category, including watching TV, hobbies and eating out.
When not in leisure, women were more likely to be performing unpaid work. This may include dependent care and housework.
In order to reach a point of fulfilment Dorie leaves us with some actions from the podcast.
Action 1: Avoid burnout – Get to know yourself, understand how your body feels, don’t get to the point of burnout as the recovery is long.
Action 2: Don’t fight reality – Push yourself when necessary but know when to stop, this is not sustainable.
Action 3: Take the survey – If you answered no to at least half of these questions, you may not feel as engaged or fulfilled in your current role. Something may need to change.