Planning a career pivot? Here’s how to create a backup plan

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If you’re thinking of switching careers, then the best book to read is probably Switchers: How Smart Professionals Change Careers and Seize Success by Dawn Graham as discussed on the Suggested Reading page. In the meantime, it’s worth reading this new Fast Company article:

Many people considering joining the Great Resignation are thinking about making a bigger shift than just changing where they work. A Catalyst-CNBC survey found that 50% of employees intend to make career changes due to the pandemic. A third of those surveyed are looking for a job in a new industry, while 22% plan to quit their job and start their own business.

The desire for change goes back to meaning and fulfillment, says Jenn Lim, author of Beyond Happiness: How Authentic Leaders Prioritize Purpose and People for Growth and Impact.

“We all had so much time to reflect on these things—how we’re going to spend the minutes of our day,” she says. “We’ve asked ourselves, ‘Is this how I want to spend my life?’ Those questions became more pressing. From a scientific standpoint, the most sustainable form of happiness is having a higher purpose. Doing something that’s bigger than ourselves.” Read the full article on Fast Company.

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