Career change (see also career transition) is just what it sounds like – it’s the process you think about and maybe decide to undertake when you realize the job / career you have is just not doing it for you.
Career change can take place using your current job as the starting point and working from within your company to create something better for yourself (hopefully more in sync with your talents, values and spirit). Career change can also be about moving on and, no matter how long it takes, finding a new and different career you care deeply about.
Regardless of the path, the common denominator is effecting real change for yourself and not just rearranging the same old tasks and structures that left you cold before.
NOTE: Career change is not to be confused with THE change, which, if you’re a woman, coincidentally often happens around the same time you start thinking it’s time for a career change. Also see the more gender-neutral (but we know it’s mostly men who start longing to buy red sports cars) concept of mid-life crisis. 🙂
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[Article updated in 2020]