Well if you happen to have held eleven jobs and are over 46 years old, don’t panic, as you are an average worker according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (USA). If you have a tertiary degree chances are that you have had more jobs than someone without one, and men also have moved roles more than women.
And where to work? The countries where you have the best chance of earning the highest average wage – Australia , Luxemborg, Japan, United States, Switzerland, Monaco, New Zealand, Belgium and the Netherlands. The worst… Sierra Leone.
So should you start thinking about a career change? If you answer yes to one of these, chances are you should.
1. You keep promising yourself you’ll quit but never do
2. You have no interest in getting your boss’s job
3. The politics are too tricky, there aren’t enough resources, or you don’t have any excitement on the bigger picture front
But be warned, switching jobs can also be detrimental to your health.
Nearly half of America workers have put on weight at their current job – 28% have gained more than 4kgs, and 13% have gained more than 9kgs. You don’t want that to happen every time you opt for a career move.
In Japan 10,000 workers per year drop dead at their desks as a result of 60- to 70-hour work weeks. The phenomenon is known as “karoshi” (death from overwork)
So in your next role you may want to consider being a university professor as apparently that is viewed as the least stressful job, just ahead of being a tailor/seamstress!