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Changing Jobs: Why?

The student will identify several reasons why people change jobs.

There are lots of reasons why people change jobs -- it may be due to work environment, boredom with the job, additional training that qualifies one for a new job, or change in location. Most people do not keep the same job (or even career) for their entire working life. It is important to keep options open and if the opportunity to move to another job that is in some respects better presents itself, it is perfectly acceptable to do so. In this lesson, students are given examples of people who are ready or desiring to change jobs.

Introductory Activities:

  1. Ask students to give examples from personal experience of their parents or relatives of times when they changed jobs.
  2. Ask students to give reasons why people might change jobs.
  3. After listing reasons, have students try to categorize them; e.g., personal reasons, professional concerns, etc.

Answers: 1. c; 2. b; 3. d; 4. a; 5. f; 6. e
Discussion: After students have completed the worksheet, see how the reasons compare with the reasons students listed in the introductory activities. What other reasons did they give that were not on the worksheet?

  1. Some people keep the same job for their whole lives. Why? (no other options, enjoy the work, work for family, etc.)
  2. What are some good or positive reasons for job changes?
  3. What are some negative reasons for changing a job?
  4. What else might change with a new job that demands more responsibility? (more money, power, respect, time demands, etc.)
  5. What stresses might be involved in a job change? (moving, getting to know different people, learning a new job, etc.)

Extension Activities:

  1. Have students interview at least five adults who have had job changes. Find out the sequence of jobs -- have most been improvements? Were they the same types of jobs? What contributed to making a job change?
  2. Have students prepare a bulletin board entitled Climbing the Ladder of Success (or similar theme) showing how an entry-level position can lead (with additional training, skills, and some luck) to different positions. For example, a principal may have started out by being an assistant to a teacher, then became a student teacher, teacher/coach for a high school, and eventually a principal. Have students find out other paths that careers can follow.


  1. List three to five reasons why a person may want to change jobs.
  2. Write a paragraph explaining at least one negative aspect and one positive aspect of changing jobs.

Uploaded by: Jessica Soltesz/Kent State University/Deaf Education Major