Too late for a career change? Not if you’re still breathing
About 15 million will change careers this year. Will you be among them?
"If people change jobs eleven times in their lifetime you’d think they would eventually get pretty good at the process. But statistics tell us that isn’t so."
According to U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2015 data there are 149 million people employed in the United States. Estimates from various sources suggest that about ten percent will change jobs in the next twelve months. That’s about 15 million people making career decisions. So while it may seem daunting to those in this group, there should be some comfort in the fact they’re not required to blaze any trails; millions have gone through this before. One organization is trying to make the process of job change a bit more scientific, based on psychology, statistics and expert advice.
“We’ve seen reports stating people change jobs eleven times in their lifetimes. It seems then that people should get better at making career change decisions as they go from job to job. Unfortunately, that’s obviously not the case,” stated Joseph Schmoke, founder and CEO at University Research & Review. Schmoke goes on to say that people change jobs because they are laid off, or because they didn’t like the pay or the working environment. “Not all job changes occur with great planning and foresight; many are because of necessity,” Schmoke said. Our organization is hoping to make these transitions easier, at least for those who have the luxury of time in making their decisions.”
University Research & Review’s focus has been on providing advice and guidance to those thinking about going back to college, to finish a degree or get an advanced degree. After analyzing the company’s data Schmoke’s team discovered that a surprising percentage of users were interested in guidance regarding career change.
Typical of these potential career changers was a fifty year-old female who had worked years in a family-owned business, but it had recently been sold. She did not feel comfortable with the new owners but was concerned she was too old to change careers. “I asked her if she was still breathing,” Schmoke said, “and we both chuckled at the obvious answer. So we took her through our free process and advised her of careers that, based on a test we offer, suited her personality.”
Schmoke says his company has not yet created a website for those considering career change, but their college-oriented service can nonetheless be used by potential career changers as well. The service is free and it is available online www.urandr.org to people from sixteen to still-breathing.
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