Is Changing Careers A Good Idea In This Tough Economy?

Is changing careers a good idea in this economy? There is always good rationale for staying exactly where you are. In good times, the promo potential increases - so you need to stay. In the bad economy, there are fewer jobs and you need to stay. The bottom-line is you. If you think you need to change, then you need to do the work to figure out your new career. Changing careers is not the same thing as changing jobs, just to be clear. Some of the worst job searches I've seen are people who want to change careers. However, since they haven't done the work to figure it out, they think they will change careers by virtue of "finding something." If you have a job, I suggest you stay in it and figure out what your next career is going to be first. When you have it identified, you will know what moves or actions you need to take. It may include staying right where you are until you have positioned yourself to make a move. Some career changes entail some education, different experience or a whole host of things. Once you understand those elements, then you can plan financially if that is appropriate, get your education or even gain new experiences right where you are. Once you have your career identified and actions plotted out you will launch a much more effective job search. You will most likely need to also set your expectations your search will take you longer than it may have in the past - that is definitely a by-product of our economy right now. Changing careers can be the best thing you ever did for yourself. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

When most people think of Nike, they think of shoes, retail stores, and, of course, athletes. That's all true, but there's more. Behind Nike's walls, you'll find the doers and thinkers who design, create, and innovate every day. There are also data scientists who discover and leverage athlete insights to create the future of sport.

You might be surprised to learn about the impact you can have in Data & Analytics at Nike versus at a major tech giant. Nike employees get to work on a wide array of challenges, so if you're obsessed with math, science, computers, and/or data, and you love sport, these stories may inspire you to work at Nike.

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Employee loyalty is something every company longs for. It's estimated employee turnover costs as much as 130-200% of an employee's salary. When a talented, knowledgeable, trained employee leaves, it's bad for business. And, when lots of them leave, it can be the kiss of death.

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If you saw our first video, you might have heard about the interview situation one of our viewers, Remi submitted. He was in an interview and was asked the question: How many cows are there in Canada right now? - What a weird question but this is a technique that some hiring managers are using these days.

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If you saw our first video, you might have heard about the awkward situation one of our viewers, Kevin submitted. He is a college student who's working a part time job to make ends meet. The manager/owner of the company has become a micro-manager who watches him work on camera and reads his company emails. A bit over the top wouldn't you say?

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All work and no play can create a tense and unwelcoming environment. Studies have shown that employers that offer additional perks have employees that are happier and more loyal to their place of employment. If you are looking for an employer that acknowledges how important it is to give its employees a place to de-stress and bond with their co-workers, check out these companies!

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In this week's episode of "Well This Happened", we want to know what you would do if you worked for an owner who micro-manages you my watching you work on camera and reading through your company emails.

We want YOU to be the career coach and tell us which one is the RIGHT answer!

Think you know? Vote below, and stay tuned for later this week when we announce the right answer (and why the other ones are wrong).

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