Although the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov) does not provide estimates on the number of times people change careers in the course of their working lives, there’s a claim (or misconception) floating around that states most people will change careers 5 to 7 times during their lifetime.
Is that true? Or is more fairy tale?
According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, the number of lifetime career changes is sketchy at best.
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“The problem is career change is tricky to define,” says Solomon Polachek, a professor of economics and political science at Binghamton University in New York, who nonetheless calls the seven-career figure “a considerable overestimate.”