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Thinking About Changing Jobs?

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The Wall Street Journal is offering a free article on evaluating motivation before changing jobs. The article doesn’t give much advice other some throw-away lines from career advisors, it just chronicles the stories of two individuals who recently made the decision to take a turn in the woods and forge a new career path.

“The grass may look greener, but in fact, it may be the wrong job,” says Jan Cannon, a career adviser and author in Boston. She recalls a client who was miserable in a market-research job, moved to another employer without adequately considering the reasons for her unhappiness, and was miserable again. She is now training to be a teacher. The problem, the woman now realizes, wasn’t her former employer, it was working in market research, Ms. Cannon says.

It can be really difficult to analyze happiness or unhappiness in a vocation. I’m going through a bit of this myself. It’s been a difficult path for me so far. My interests and abilities run the gamut, and not having focused enough on any one thing, I find myself a bit lost. That’s something I’m actively working on, though.

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Luke Landes is the founder of Consumerism Commentary. He has been blogging and writing for the internet since 1995 and has been building online communities since 1991. Find out more about Luke Landes and follow him on Twitter. View all articles by .

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avatar Bob

Please keep us posted. I’m going through something like this myself, but I realized that it was the vocation, as opposed to employer, that was making me miserable. I’m scouting around for other options, but I’d be keen to hear what you’re doing. :)