First Gen American asks:
When contemplating a career change or big move, what factors play a role in your decision, and more importantly what makes you pull the trigger? For most, we are complacent beings and don’t move unless we are very unhappy or have experienced job loss. Are there other reasons one should embark on such change like for money reasons?
If we had a good answer for this one, or at least could pretend to be confident that we had an answer, we could make a tonne of money selling advice. But we really don’t.
Now, empirically, most people don’t leave careers or even jobs– they leave bosses. If you have a terrible boss, you are far more likely to leave than when you have a great boss.
People do leave careers/jobs for other reasons, though the bosses thing is #1. Men are more likely than women to leave for money reasons. Women are more likely than men to leave for family reasons. Of course, these “more likely to”s are within a culture in which women are discriminated against and their jobs are often not as compelling.
Some people leave because they’re scanners. Some people leave because they no longer have room to grow, or their job description has changed to become less compelling. Some people leave because they’re offered an interesting (or lucrative) opportunity outside their current work. Some people leave because they don’t like the weather or develop new allergies.
As for us– we haven’t changed careers or made a big move yet, so we’re bad people to ask!
Grumpy readership, do you have a better answer for FGA? If you’ve changed careers or know someone who has, why did you/they do it?