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Changing Careers

Alex Robboy , CAS, MSW, ACSW, LCSW — Founder & executive director

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Job Satisfaction: Things To Think About Before Changing Careers

Scenario 1 - changing careers

So you start at a new job, maybe your first job in a real career. You fill in all the paperwork, go through training, and get down to work. But after a few weeks go by, you begin to feel disillusioned. This isn’t what you signed up for! You feel irritable, and begin to resent the idea of going to work. You start thinking, “you know, I set my standards too low and settled during my job hunt, I can do better than this.”

Scenario 2 - changing careers

You’ve been at job for a while now when some promotions happen in the upper levels. Suddenly you have a new boss. And it seems like all he wants to do is try to change things. Get-togethers outside of work for “team-building exercises?” Job Satisfaction surveys? Who cares about this stuff anyway? It seems like a huge waste of time, and you wish he would just leave you alone to get on with your job in peace.

Scenario 3 - changing careers

You feel like you’re in rut: for a few years now, you’ve lived in the same place in Philadelphia, driven the same car, been with the same significant other, and worked at the same job. The more you think about your job, the more it seems like menial drudgery, the same thing every day. First your girlfriend won’t pay any attention to you, now the boss too? Great. You feel like no one appreciates you in this office, (or anywhere else for that matter), and you start to seriously think about quitting.

These people have two things in common. The first thing, obviously, is that they feel anger, resentment, and frustration with their job. And with the way they are headed, it looks like they may all be looking for a new job in the near future. However, the second thing they have in common is that they all need to step back from the situation and have a long, close look at themselves and the rest of their lives before making any big decisions.

IS YOUR JOB THE REAL PROBLEM? - changing careers

To get along day by day, people rationalize their world, and categorize it. They ask questions, they find answers, and they learn. This is just human nature – we are thinking, rational beings, and we like a sense of order to the world. However, sometimes we feel unhappy or uncomfortable and there isn’t a reason readily available. Maybe the cause is something about ourselves, and we don’t want to face it. Maybe it’s subconscious. Maybe there is a problem in our life that we can’t bring ourselves to admit. But even when we can’t bring the cause up to the surface, that dissatisfaction is still there, and we need an explanation.

All too often, we blame our jobs.

There are plenty of legitimate reasons for job dissatisfaction, or for leaving a job / changing careers. Maybe you no longer enjoy your work, maybe the salary can no longer support your lifestyle, maybe you’ve gotten a better offer. Unfortunately, many people immediately think their job is the problem when really it’s something deeper and closer to home, something else going on in their life that they can’t quiet face or admit. This can lead to quitting a job prematurely or for the wrong reasons, and can cause all sorts of problems. Before you quit a job, you should consider the statements below. Each one is a common reason cited for leaving a job, and below it is another interpretation for what this explanation could really mean. Looking over these statements can help you to determine if work is really the problem, or if there is something else you need to be working on.

Problem: My job isn’t what I want.
Interpretation: What I really want is unrealistic.

This is especially common for new graduates or people just entering a new profession. They may have unrealistic expectations about how high up in the company they can start, what responsibilities and privileges they will get right away, or what their salary should be. If you just started at a newspaper, you will probably not get your own column. Be realistic about your expectations, and try to see through your employers point of view on why you are treated different than employees who have been with the company for five years.

Problem: This new job isn’t right for me.
Interpretation: It isn’t what I expected.

Be willing to give new jobs a chance! Very few jobs exactly match the idea you have in your head, but that doesn’t mean that you can fit in and have a good degree of job satisfaction. Give it some time before you give up on a job.

Problem: I hate my new boss.
Interpretation: I’m uncomfortable with the changes I’m facing.

If you’ve worked with a single system and a single group of people for a while, it can be hard to adjust to a change in that situation. Many people’s gut reaction is to feel that they have been fine so far, so any changes are an unnecessary annoyance. But just because new ideas and new methods are coming into your workplace doesn’t mean they are bad, and just because an old system worked doesn’t mean it can’t be improved upon. In addition, if you have a new boss or even a new coworker, it may take him or her some time to adjust to the company dynamic as well. Be willing to approach change with an open mind.

Problem: I don’t get along with my coworkers.
Interpretation: I feel angry about something, and I bring that anger and annoyance to work with me.

When you just feel angry in general, it’s easier to direct that anger at people you work with than at people in your personal life. You need to step back and think about what you actually have against your coworkers. What about them bothers you? Have they actually done anything? Do you interact with them with a willingness to work together and cooperate? If you really can’t pinpoint anything specific in this area, then it’s time to have a look at your personal life. Chances are good that your coworkers really haven’t done anything wrong, at that something else is bothering you.

Problem: I don’t get enough credit on the job.
Interpretation: People in my personal life ignore me, so I feel very sensitive to it at work.

The roots of this problem are similar to the one above. Maybe you have a significant other or family members who you feel don’t give you enough attention. This can make you oversensitive, and feel that you are being ignored at work when you’re really just being treated like everyone else. The answer is not to blame your job, but to confront the person in your life who generated these feelings in the first place.

Problem: If I quit my job, it will fix everything.
Interpretation: I’m not satisfied with my life, but my job is the only thing I really know how to change.

This is not an uncommon situation. Someone is going through the end of a relationship, dealing with the death of a loved one, adjusting to a child leaving home, or just feels like they are in a rut. These are issues that have deep emotion effects and can be difficult to face, so often all these negative feelings get tacked onto the job – even if that job has been a perfectly happy one for years. This is because if you decide your job is making you unhappy, you can just quit, but it’s much more difficult to deal with the personal issues that may really be causing the problem. In fact, quitting your job will probably only add to your problems.

Now, none of this is to say that there is no such thing as a legitimate problem in your work-life. Job satisfaction is very important, and can vastly effect how satisfied you are with your life. In addition, sincere difficulties in your relationships with bosses and coworkers, or with a lack of recognition or support in the workplace, are issues that you have every right to address. However, it is important to make sure that you are being honest with yourself and your motives are clear before you take a huge step like quitting your job. The key is to be honest with yourself. If you are having negative feelings, particularly if there is something serious or problematic in your personal life, it is a good idea to take a long look outside the workplace before you decide that your job is the problem.

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And if you are going to change careers . . . . there are so many different categories to choose from


Extreme jobs refer to occupations that involve high levels of physical risk, intense environmental conditions, demanding schedules, or other extreme factors that set them apart from typical jobs. These jobs often require specialized skills, training, and a willingness to endure challenging conditions. Here are some examples of extreme jobs:

  1. Firefighter: Firefighters risk their lives to save people, property, and natural resources from fires and other emergencies. They work in hazardous and unpredictable conditions.
  2. Search and Rescue Worker: These professionals respond to emergencies in remote or hazardous locations to rescue individuals in distress. They often face challenging terrains and adverse weather conditions.
  3. High-Risk Security Personnel: Security personnel working in conflict zones, war zones, or areas with high crime rates are exposed to danger on a daily basis.
  4. Alaskan King Crab Fisherman: Working on fishing boats in the treacherous waters of the Bering Sea, these fishermen endure extreme cold, heavy seas, and the risk of injury or death.
  5. Oil Rig Worker: Workers on offshore oil rigs face the challenges of living and working in remote locations with heavy machinery, high-pressure environments, and exposure to the elements.
  6. Stunt Performer: Stunt performers in the entertainment industry perform risky physical actions for movies, TV shows, and live events. They undergo rigorous training to minimize the risk of injury.
  7. Military Personnel: Soldiers, special forces operatives, and other military personnel often face life-threatening situations in combat zones or during high-risk missions.
  8. Polar Expedition Leader: Leading expeditions in extreme cold conditions, polar expedition leaders need to manage logistics, equipment, and the well-being of their teams in harsh environments.
  9. Astronaut: Astronauts work in space with the challenges of microgravity, isolation, and exposure to cosmic radiation. They undergo extensive training to prepare for these conditions.
  10. Skydiving Instructor: Skydiving instructors guide individuals through skydiving experiences, often jumping multiple times a day and teaching safety protocols to ensure a safe jump.
  11. Deep-Sea Diver: Commercial divers perform underwater work such as welding, construction, and maintenance at great depths, facing the risks of pressure changes and hazardous marine life.
  12. Extreme Athlete: Professional athletes in extreme sports like BASE jumping, wingsuit flying, big-wave surfing, and high-altitude climbing put their lives on the line for thrilling challenges.
  13. Storm Chaser: Meteorologists and photographers chase storms to gather data and capture images of severe weather phenomena, which can be dangerous due to the unpredictability of storms.
  14. Test Pilot: Test pilots evaluate the performance of new aircraft or spacecraft, exposing themselves to potential risks associated with untested technology.
  15. Volcano Photographer: Photographers who document volcanic eruptions often work in close proximity to lava flows, ash clouds, and other dangerous volcanic activities.

Extreme jobs often require individuals to have a unique combination of physical endurance, mental resilience, specialized training, and a passion for the challenges that come with these roles.


Health care jobs encompass a wide range of professions dedicated to providing medical care, promoting wellness, and supporting the overall health and well-being of individuals. These jobs can be found in hospitals, clinics, private practices, research institutions, public health organizations, and more. Here are some examples of health care jobs:

  1. Physician: Physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions, provide preventive care, and manage patient health. They can specialize in various fields such as internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, and more.
  2. Nurse: Nurses provide patient care, administer medications, assist in surgeries, and educate patients about health management. Different levels of nursing include registered nurses (RNs), nurse practitioners (NPs), and licensed practical nurses (LPNs).
  3. Surgeon: Surgeons perform surgical procedures to treat injuries, diseases, and medical conditions. They specialize in areas like general surgery, orthopedics, neurosurgery, and more.
  4. Dentist: Dentists diagnose and treat oral health issues, perform dental procedures, and educate patients about oral hygiene and preventive care.
  5. Pharmacist: Pharmacists dispense medications, provide medication counseling, and ensure safe and effective drug use. They also work in drug research and development.
  6. Physical Therapist: Physical therapists help patients recover from injuries or surgeries, manage pain, and improve mobility and physical function through exercises and therapies.
  7. Occupational Therapist: Occupational therapists assist individuals in regaining skills needed for daily activities after illness or injury. They focus on improving functional independence.
  8. Clinical Psychologist: Clinical psychologists diagnose and treat mental health disorders through therapy and counseling. They work with individuals, couples, and families.
  9. Medical Laboratory Technician: These technicians perform medical tests on patient samples, such as blood, urine, and tissues, to aid in diagnosing diseases and conditions.
  10. Radiologic Technologist: Radiologic technologists operate medical imaging equipment like X-rays, CT scanners, and MRIs to help diagnose and treat medical conditions.
  11. Registered Dietitian: Registered dietitians provide nutritional counseling and education to individuals to promote healthy eating and manage various health conditions.
  12. Emergency Medical Technician (EMT): EMTs provide emergency medical care at the scene of accidents or medical incidents and transport patients to medical facilities.
  13. Speech-Language Pathologist: Speech-language pathologists assess and treat speech, language, voice, and communication disorders, often working with children and adults.
  14. Medical Social Worker: Medical social workers provide emotional support, counseling, and resources to patients and their families dealing with medical issues.
  15. Health Educator: Health educators develop and implement programs to promote healthy behaviors and lifestyles, providing information on topics such as nutrition, exercise, and disease prevention.

These are just a few examples of the diverse range of health care jobs available. Each role plays a crucial part in the healthcare system, contributing to the overall well-being of individuals and communities.


Tech jobs encompass a wide array of roles within the technology sector, ranging from software development and engineering to data analysis, cybersecurity, and more. These roles are integral to advancing innovation, developing new technologies, and maintaining digital infrastructure. Here are some examples of tech jobs:

  1. Software Developer: Software developers design, code, test, and maintain software applications and systems across various platforms and programming languages.
  2. Data Scientist: Data scientists analyze and interpret complex data sets to extract valuable insights and inform business decisions.
  3. Web Developer: Web developers design and create websites, ensuring they are visually appealing, functional, and user-friendly.
  4. Mobile App Developer: Mobile app developers create applications for smartphones and tablets, catering to different operating systems and platforms.
  5. Software Engineer: Software engineers design, develop, and maintain software systems, working on large-scale projects and collaborating with cross-functional teams.
  6. Cybersecurity Analyst: Cybersecurity analysts protect computer systems and networks from cyber threats by monitoring, identifying vulnerabilities, and implementing security measures.
  7. Network Administrator: Network administrators manage and maintain an organization's computer networks, ensuring they are secure, efficient, and properly functioning.
  8. AI/Machine Learning Engineer: AI and machine learning engineers develop algorithms and models that enable computers to learn and perform tasks autonomously.
  9. Cloud Architect: Cloud architects design and manage cloud computing systems, allowing organizations to store and access data and applications remotely.
  10. Database Administrator: Database administrators manage databases, ensuring data integrity, availability, and security.
  11. UI/UX Designer: UI (user interface) and UX (user experience) designers create visually appealing and user-friendly interfaces for software and applications.
  12. DevOps Engineer: DevOps engineers focus on the collaboration between software development and IT operations, automating processes and improving efficiency.
  13. IT Project Manager: IT project managers oversee the planning, execution, and completion of technology projects, ensuring they are delivered on time and within budget.
  14. Systems Analyst: Systems analysts analyze an organization's information systems and business processes to recommend improvements and implement solutions.
  15. Quality Assurance Engineer: QA engineers test software and applications to identify defects and ensure they meet quality standards before release.
  16. Tech Support Specialist: Tech support specialists assist users with technical issues, troubleshooting problems and providing guidance.
  17. Robotics Engineer: Robotics engineers design, build, and test robotic systems for various applications, from manufacturing to healthcare.
  18. Game Developer: Game developers create video games, working on aspects such as graphics, gameplay, and user interaction.
  19. IT Consultant: IT consultants provide expertise and advice to businesses on technology strategies, solutions, and best practices.
  20. Artificial Intelligence Ethics Specialist: With the growing role of AI, ethics specialists ensure that AI technologies are developed and used in responsible and ethical ways.

Tech jobs are diverse and rapidly evolving, offering opportunities for innovation, creativity, and impactful contributions to society. These roles play a significant role in shaping the digital world and driving technological advancements.


Construction jobs encompass a wide range of roles and responsibilities within the construction industry. From designing and planning to building and maintenance, various professionals contribute to the creation and upkeep of infrastructure, buildings, and structures. Here are some different types of construction jobs:

  1. Architect: Architects design buildings and structures, considering aesthetics, functionality, safety, and environmental impact.
  2. Civil Engineer: Civil engineers design, plan, and oversee the construction of infrastructure projects such as roads, bridges, and water systems.
  3. Structural Engineer: Structural engineers specialize in designing the structural systems that support buildings and ensure their stability.
  4. Construction Manager: Construction managers oversee and coordinate construction projects, managing budgets, schedules, and on-site teams.
  5. Project Manager: Project managers lead construction projects from conception to completion, ensuring timelines, budgets, and quality are met.
  6. Quantity Surveyor: Quantity surveyors manage costs and budgets throughout the construction project, estimating expenses and evaluating progress.
  7. Site Manager: Site managers supervise construction sites, ensuring work is carried out safely, efficiently, and according to plans.
  8. Construction Worker: Construction workers perform manual labor tasks such as digging, lifting, and operating machinery to carry out construction activities.
  9. Carpenter: Carpenters build and install wooden structures, including framing, roofing, and interior finishes.
  10. Electrician: Electricians install and maintain electrical systems in buildings, ensuring proper wiring, lighting, and power distribution.
  11. Plumber: Plumbers install, repair, and maintain water supply and drainage systems in buildings.
  12. HVAC Technician: HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) technicians install and maintain heating and cooling systems in buildings.
  13. Welder: Welders join metal parts together through welding techniques to create structural components.
  14. Concrete Worker: Concrete workers pour, shape, and finish concrete to create foundations, walls, and other structural elements.
  15. Surveyor: Surveyors measure and map out land and construction sites to provide accurate information for project planning.
  16. Heavy Equipment Operator: Heavy equipment operators operate machinery like bulldozers, excavators, and cranes to move materials and perform tasks on construction sites.
  17. Painter: Painters apply paint, coatings, and finishes to structures, both for aesthetics and protection.
  18. Roofing Specialist: Roofing specialists install, repair, and maintain roofing systems to ensure buildings are protected from weather elements.
  19. Tile and Marble Setter: Tile and marble setters install tiles, stones, and decorative materials to create flooring, walls, and other surfaces.
  20. Demolition Worker: Demolition workers safely dismantle structures and prepare sites for new construction projects.

These are just a few examples of the diverse range of construction jobs available. Each role plays a vital part in the construction process, contributing to the creation of safe, functional, and aesthetically pleasing structures and infrastructure.

The Category of Jobs, and the List of Jobs are endless. Don't let yourself get tunnel vision. The world is a large place. Someone will need just the type of skills that you offer. Sometimes figuring out the type of work you want to do requires having an open mind and talking to different people.

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