There is no solid data on how many careers an average American will go through in their lifetime. The BLS refuses to categorize it. However, most career-age (24-65) professionals will change careers repeatedly during their professional working years. Some of those career changes can occur while working for the same company (for instance, an ex-manager of mine went from being corporate counsel to a Sr. HR Manager while working for the same company); but for many of us, the change occurs either when economic realities force it upon us (a lot of mortgage industry professionals had a career change forced upon them in 2008, for example), or when we choose to make a major change (I chose to move from political campaign work into recruiting).
So this begs the question: How can one be successful at pivoting into a different career–especially when you are established in your current one? I’d like to share some examples from my readers in a future blog post.
- How many times have you changed careers (not jobs)?
- What factors made you change careers? (ex: Dissatisfaction/burnout with current career; major economic change)
- How did you go about making the transition?
- What has the outcome been for you?
- What lessons would you impart to someone considering a major career pivot?