Changing Career Tracks Should be as Easy as Hopping on a Bus

Updated: Mar 3

30 years ago, the average number of jobs an American had over their lifetime is less than 4. Most of them are in the same Industry. Nowadays, that number has amounted to more than 12 for a person between 18 and 50 years old, per Bureau of Labor Statistics study in 2015 (Page 2)

This number may be higher today than 7 years ago: In addition to the usual pursuit of better pay, benefits, company culture, and location, more people switch jobs for seeking excitement from taking on new experiences including challenges.




Why are we job-hopping: The economics behind the frequency of career switching

In the past, it is not uncommon for a person to hold one profession throughout the entire life, e.g., craftsmen, sailors, teachers, doctors, cooks, etc. Many of them had to go through years, if not decades of training before they become "masters of their domain". The implied high cost of such training has made frequent career switching infeasible: You have to practice in the field you are trained for many years to recover the hefty training cost. The large upfront investment in both monetary and personal time/initiative incentivizes one to stay on the same track to maximize the marginal return after the initial training cost is recovered. Of course, the transportation, information systems in the past posed barriers for job/career mobility.


So, today most of us can switch jobs/careers freely but the vast majority of the switches are stressful, especially when the switch is more a career change rather than a job change in the same industry/trade. The bottom line is that our training/education system has mostly stuck in the hundreds of years ago and has not evolved enough to support the new demands of preparing us for more frequent and "further" "job-hopping".


You need a bus pass rather than a cross-ocean boat ticket.


The future world is said to be more specialized: With more underlying mundane tasks being taken over by robots and AIs, the human talent market will move toward a market of many specialists, especially niche specialists. It is said that the top 5% of a niche specialty group will harvest more than 80% of the reward (no longer 80/20 rule, but this is for another blog). To prepare for such a world, one has to amass all one's resources including natural talent to gain the edge to move toward the tip of the pyramid in one's profession.

The landscape is with many more career/job nodes (With many sub categories thanks to the proliferation of information and connectivity, most jobs will develop more specialized extensions, e.g., A tour guide vs. A tour guide specializing in arranging small tours and selling merchandise around UFO spotting locations, incidence reports. The tour guide could be an avid UFO explorer. In order to become the top dog in this niche, he/she may start with the passion, but need to learn related astronomy, physics, history, writing, video editing, in addition to the general skills for tour guides today such as language, history.



What do you need to do now?

First of all, you need to have a very open mind and be prepared for an adventure. As this time, you do not have one ticket to travel from one side of the ocean to the other side but a ticket like JR Pass with open destinations. You got to plan where to go each day to maximize your travel experience for JR Pass, a rich and rewarding job experience in your career life.


This platform's mission is to provide the conductors, trains, tracks (that can be updated or even built), platforms (milestones like open competitions, internship positions, job positions) to make your bus hopping experience as smooth as possible.


Such a huge NEW "public transporation system" for job training will take many villagers to build together. If you are interested in getting involved in framing and building this new learning infrastructure, please send us a message from our contact page. We look forward to all advices and assistance from anyone.


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