Making Career Switch: How Soon Is “Too Soon”?

We asked a HR expert.

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At some point in our career, whether in our first month on the job or five years later, some of us would have thought of making a career switch. A career switch is not just about leaving a company to do a similar job elsewhere—it’s about leaving the industry all together and starting on a fresh slate in a new one.

A career switch is pretty challenging because you’re starting from zero all over again. And then there’s the worry that you’re switching industry too soon and might be seen as a millennial who doesn’t know what she wants to do in life. So how do you make a career switch effectively?

We spoke to Alexandra Lamb, the co-founder of Lanterne Rouge, the company behind career management platform Boldly. She has over 15 years of experience working in human resources (HR) in Asia.

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