Lots of people find themselves stuck in a rut five to seven years into the workforce. So, what do they do about it? They stay put, thinking that they need to stick it out,” says Pierce. But, that’s just not the world we live in anymore. Your industry will dictate how often you can jump from job to job, but there is no reason you can’t make a lateral move into another industry if you’re truly hitting a wall. Career paths aren’t really linear anymore — and thinking that way is just holding you back.
Pierce’s favorite example of this? Vera Wang. “She started as a professional ice skater, and then spent 15 years as a fashion editor at Vogue. And then became the design director at Ralph Lauren before finally opened her own bridal boutique in 1990 — and becoming the most prominent bridal wear designer in America.