The reasons for wanting to switch careers range from the practical to the idealistic. Most likely your list will include many of these factors:

• You have a chance to escape a fast-lane urban lifestyle.
• Your job and career no longer interest you; maybe they bore you.
• The idea of 20 more years in the same career has lost its appeal.
• You would like to work in a different part of the country.
• You’ve been downsized, fired, canned, pinked-slipped, or whatever you—and your former employer—want to call it.
• You see little room for future growth in your current career.
• You feel a “calling” to do something else in life.
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