Of the three and one half career changes for me, I consider two and a
half to be the most significant. My first change from the
Communications Equipment Engineer to the Electronic Components Manufacturing was fairly easy and used similar skill sets. So I am designating it less significant.
The first significant
was most unexpected and untimely. I was a reliability engineer with a
large electronic components manufacturer. Due to economic conditions in
the country at that time, the company decided to cut back its workforce
significantly. As a result, I was laid off as a reliability engineer.
The second significant was my movement to the natural gas industry
was time consuming and a bit stressful at that point in my career.
There was no internet or easily found job boards. But it worked out to
be the best thing for me.
My half significant career change occurred within the natural gas industry. Although I did not change industries, it was a new environment of change after 20 years with the same company.
The third significant change moved me out of the 9 - 5 workforce to work your own hours in something you enjoy. As an online entrepreneur, that is exactly what happened.