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Career change refers to the point when an individual feels that it might be time to take another look at his or her current career and re-assess whether it might be wise to change jobs or career paths. A career change can mean a change of job but remaining in the same industry. In such a situation, it usually means that the individual has come to the conclusion that he or she cannot achieve his or her career or life goals within the same organization. This could be due to the individual's assessment that there is really no future in the organization or that the current job is taking a toll on other aspects of life. Given such considerations, the individual will usually reflect upon what has happened in the past, as well as evaluate how things will be like in the future. If the latter no longer seems appealing, the individual will then leave the organization and find another job within the same industry.

On the other hand, if the individual feels that he or she is no longer interested in the current line of work, then it is the nature of the work itself that no longer appeals to him or her. This could be a change in personal interests, personal circumstances or general outlook in life. In such a situation, the individual will usually weigh the pros and cons before deciding whether it is worthwhile for a career change. Moreover, the individual also has to assess whether the new career or industry that he or she is interested in is feasible in the long run. In this scenario, the individual has more "unknown" factors to consider, given that the individual is leaving both the organization and the field of work that he or she has familiarized with over time.