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Career Change Quiz




This Career Change Quiz is designed to serve as a Career Change Self-Assessment.

Rate each of these job or career change reasons (internal and external reasons) on a scale of 1 to 5.

It starts with 1 being “does not apply to me or doesn’t affect me” to 5 being “affects me greatly.”

As you rate your answer from 1 to 5 for each of the items below, write your answer for each item and then add up your score. 

I dread going to work most days.
I fear for my physical safety in my current job.
My current job is a threat to my emotional wellbeing.
My skills are becoming increasingly irrelevant to my job.
Most days, I am overwhelmed at work.
My job is boring.
I can’t move up in my current job/current company.
I don’t feel appreciated by my co-workers.
I am not valued as an employee by my supervisor/boss.
My work environment is dysfunctional.
Part (or all) of my job requires me to do something I don’t enjoy.
I make less (on average) than other people who do my job.
I can’t make much more for the work I do if I keep working here.
I can’t stand the thought of working here much longer.
I’m not doing the kind of work I’m passionate about.
I didn’t see myself working here for this long.
This job doesn’t fit into the long-range plans I had for myself.
My company was just bought out (or bought another company).
I’ve recently gotten a new boss.
I was asked to take a voluntary pay cut OR my pay was cut.
Part of my job responsibilities were given to someone else.
I’m in a dead-end job.
My industry is going through significant changes and/or is dying.


23-46 points: You’re starting to see reasons to make a change, but there’s no urgency.

47-69 points: Look for opportunities to make little adjustments and see if that helps.

70-92 points: You probably need a change. Start thinking about what you want to do.

93-115 points: This ship is going down! It’s time to take action.




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