Why People Change Jobs

People change job for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes you can plan well ahead of time but sometimes the change gets triggered by a crisis. A friend of mine, who I had worked with in an hospital Emergency Department, was attacked and stabbed by a psychotic patient. She was badly injured and, while always wanting to be a clinical nurse, thought it was time to make a significant change. She gave careful consideration to possible career options where her skills could be transferred. She also considered her job search resources, including who she could network with. She was able to get hired by a pharmaceutical firm, working on clinical trials. The job was safer and she no longer had to work shifts that played havoc with her sleep and social life. She was able to use her leadership skills in new ways, improved her income substantial and moved up in the organization to director level. In her case, without the crisis, she might not have explored her very positive option.

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