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.