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Why people change jobs

Anne Voigt Kjaer
Anne Voigt Kjaer

Why people change job positions regularly is a question I get asked a lot from people who are just about to start their first job or people who have just graduated and want to know "Why do people change job positions?" To sum it up; The main reason people change job positions is that they either find themselves too boring or not fulfilling their needs. Perhaps the main reason behind this move is to fit in with the team, or maybe they just think they can do better. How do you know if you need to change job positions?

Reasons why people quit

The first reason why people change job positions is that they are so good that everyone wants them. This is easily the most popular explanation given in the articles I write. The second reason is they're total rubbish and go in a complete circle. The third reason is that the boss likes them and gives them a raise, and the next reason is that they think they'll do well. Do any of these reasons actually apply to you? If they do then it's probably because you need to jump ship.

Now let's look at some other questions to ask yourself when thinking about a career change: Why do people change job positions? What's the main reason for the move? Are there skills that I can bring to the new job? Am I moving on because I'm bored? Why do I have a bad boss? How do I keep them if they're not going to give me everything I need?

My answer to all of these questions is that every career changes due to personal circumstances and career development. So to answer the first question; why do people move jobs? It's usually because their jobs are getting boring, or their bosses are incompetent or uncooperative, or both. In fact, this is rarely the only reason.

Let's think about it for a second. Most people do not have a clear vision of what they want to do with their lives, so their career choices are usually more of a hunch than anything. What do I mean by that? Suppose you know what you want to do with your life, but you just can't seem to figure out how to get to do it? You have great skill for writing, for example, but there's no way to sell your book to publishers or editors.

Your dream job may be a job where you have access to all sorts of tools and equipment, but what do you have to do to acquire it? In other words, you won't have the experience to do the job. Then you find a job that pays well enough that you can do it part-time, but you really don't enjoy the work you do. You can't see yourself sticking with this job forever, either, because it lacks the passion and excitement of your original vision for your career.


These are two common but powerful reasons why people choose to shift their career focus. One can take a job that fulfills their needs and still develop those skills they need to apply in a new setting. The other can train for a career that will allow them to use the skills they already possess, in a new setting, for higher pay.

Some people start a new job search and never change. Others search for a career that will enable them to maximize their potential but never look at changing jobs again. Both of these reasons are valid. In fact, the most compelling answer might be the second one: Maybe it's not the career you want that's really motivating you. In other words, maybe you've hit a career dead end.

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