What To Learn From Constant Career Change

A Geomatics Career Change

The job market has been slowly recovering but layoffs and high unemployment rates are still causing many people to change their career to an area outside of their college major. The good news is that even when you make a career change, you can still find work and be successful. And luckily enough Geomatics is one of those unique disciplines where one can add to an existing background and branch out into other areas.

Every working hour of every day, about 1,530 people lose their jobs,” According to The Age. “But it’s OK because also Every working hour of every day, about 1,550 people get a new job.

The Wall Street Journal says the average person actually changes careers about five times in their lifetime, most of the time ending up outside of the scope of their college major. However, this figure can be hard to define because a simple job switch is not the same as a complete career change. The good news is that no matter how many times you change careers you can always learn from the experience.

There is More to Life then just WorkA Geomatics Career Change- Cartographer holding a map in the field

Many recent college graduates that begin working in their area of study feel they have a lot to prove. They work countless hours and give up much of their personal lives. If this sounds like you, a career change may be just the thing you need to show you that there is more to life than your career. Sometimes it takes breaking away from your initial career to see that it’s OK to have a personal life. You can still be fully dedicated during your working hours; however, having some time to yourself will make you a better all-around person. Get outside and put some fun into those maps that you find your self making every day.

Each New Job Helps to Define You

Even if you have had 10 different jobs over your working career, it’s important to realize that each experience has taught you invaluable skills. According to BusinessInsider.com, what you bring to the table at your new job is valuable and unique. Your experiences define you, so embrace every job you have had. Sometimes the entry-level jobs you may be embarrassed by have taught you your most valuable skills. For example, working in a support role teaches you an amazing amount of patience dealing with clients, and working as a technician or analyst requires a keen attention to detail.

Learn About Yourself

If you have spent the past decade in the same field, you may think you are not qualified to work in another position. However, necessity can bring surprises you never expected. You may even discover a hidden talent that you never knew you had. Whether you are thinking about changing careers because you are unhappy, or you are forced to look for something else, you will undoubtedly discover new, surprising things about yourself.

It’s important to always be learning and growing. With each new job change, you will grow and develop as a person. Remember, your past has made you who you are. Embrace it and you are sure to be successful. Geomatics jobs are out there but they are becoming more specialized with the need to have a diverse background, so don’t be afraid to switch your career and join the growing Canadian geomatics industry.


Article provided by Melissa Maranto. Melissa studied English at UCLA and is now a magazine editor who still loves the beach as much as she did as an undergrad.

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