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Changing profession: the right question

Changer de profession: la bonne question

Each person has their own reasons for deciding to change jobs. Many allow themselves to think that when the pleasure is no longer there, it’s time to seriously think about alternatives.

With this in mind, unsatisfied professionals who want to change jobs get busy outside work hours to find an offer on the job market that corresponds to them, anticipating a future transition which is always judged to be risky in a time of financial crisis.

However, will the simple act of ‘changing’ resolve the real problem which brought about this change?

A job, a passion


Having a job that pays well, that’s great. Having a job that pays well and that you are passionate about, that’s better. This is how a lot of professionals summarise their vision of work satisfaction. However, this statement creates a mind-set which would consider a career change as nothing more than a whim. So, is wanting to get a job that we are passionate about a whim? A sudden, thoughtless and fleeting desire?

What factors determine the duration of our studies?


The duration of our studies is generally determined by different factors that we do not take into consideration from the very beginning. It can either be anticipated or depend on our education process.

Young people and professionals know that many training courses are available in case they wish to acquire specific skills once they have left university but they should also be aware of the link that exists between successful career beginnings and a professional life that meets their expectations. They tend to think “I will still have the opportunity to get training later”. Besides, some have been tired of school for several years already.

The influences on our vision of jobs


There are so many promotional posters for courses and/or training programs that adorn the walls of the metros, bus stops and newspapers, all promising to lead you straight to success. Every day, readers and passengers look at them and often think about them with more or less interest.
At first, they wonder what a day would look like in that job and often think of it in a positive way before reminding themselves of a few reasons why it isn’t for them: “technician/mechanic for the STIB means working outside in the winter and I would never do that”.

Guidance when choosing your studies: Test or no test?

Among the students who have an active approach to choosing their studies and professions, most will come across a tool that is simple and accessible that can help clear up the vision they have of their future job: the guidance test.
The idea of surfing the net to try to find answers is a very common practice among young people and this is how they discover the so-called guidance tests. They are free questionnaires that claim to establish a professional profile and supposedly help the person discover what jobs would suit them best.