An often repeated but perhaps hard to substantiate statistic states that the average person will switch careers seven times in their lifetime. If we presume a 40 year working life, that means a change every five to six years.
Much of the debate over this statistic stems from the definition of a career change or, rather, the lack there of. Is it a career change when you move horizontally yet stay in the same field and the same basic position? Is it a career change when you move up the ladder at the same employer?
And is a change that occurs so subtly that it is a natural progression — an evolution that occurs gradually until one is somewhere very far from where they started — really a change by definition. [Read more…]