Switch, Pivot or Quit: Steps to Making Effective Career Change Decisions

If you still are unsure about your next steps, I recommend signing up for a coaching session, where you can get one-on-one guidance from someone who has been in your shoes and who can help you figure out a solid plan. In the meantime, here is a big kudos to you for being brave, stepping out on faith, and going for your dreams.

Change is scary and starting over at a new company or going out on your own without the security of that steady paycheck can be daunting.

As a mentor, both with the ACFE Mentoring Program and outside of the ACFE on sites such as MyMentor.life, I have helped mentees and clients who are trying to either change careers or decide on whether to switch, pivot, or quit their current role. Often, a mentee will come to me when they want to take their career to the next level but are feeling stuck, discouraged, or simply don’t know what their next career move should be.

If you are in a similar position, please don’t worry. Help is here. You don’t have to make a rash decision, especially because quitting is not always the best solution to your job woes. Sometimes switching it up or pivoting completely into a new role can not only solve the problem you are facing but allow you to explore new opportunities and enhance dormant or underutilized skills and talents.

I know firsthand that this can be a very difficult, yet important decision to make because I’ve been in your shoes. I’ve made the decision to switch, pivot, or quit several times throughout my 20-plus-year career with very good results. In my current role, I perform audits in more than 50 countries across the globe each year, I have several direct reports, and most importantly, I love what I do. But this hasn’t always been the case, and I’m happy to share some tips and insights that have taken me to new heights in my career.

I call this the “Switch, Pivot, or Quit” model, SPQ for short, and it can assist you in making an informed decision that is not based completely on emotion but on a well-thought-out analysis of your current job situation. If you think your dream job is too far-fetched or you want to make a major career move, find a quiet place, grab a journal and begin the journey through this process to uncover the best strategy for rebuilding your career, making a career move or perhaps creating a brand-new business venture on the side.

Book a coaching session with me and I will share the SPQ decision-making model so that you can switch or pivot to your dream career or what you really want to do the rest of your life.


Natasha Williams is an ACFE mentor, Certified Life Coach, Certified Fraud Examiner and Internal Audit, Certified Credit Repair Specialist, International Speaker, and International Bestselling Author who has helped many of her mentees and clients accomplish both their personal, financial, and professional goals. 

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