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


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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