Career Change for Better Work-Life Balance

Women (and men) these days are finding themselves overwhelmed with the multiple demands of modern 21st Century life: juggling demanding careers in an increasingly competitive work world, spending more time than ever before caring for children, managing information overload through 24/7 technology, taking care of elderly parents who are living longer, and so on.

Some individuals have taken charge by making a change in their career or job, whether small or large, in order to better manage their lives. These types of work changes can span from altering work schedules or working for a more flexible company to changing careers altogether. But we wonder, what does it really take to make these changes?

If you are completing this survey, you have made a change in your career or job in the past 10 years that has successfully improved your work-life balance (or work-life integration, work-life blend, work-life fit). This project aims to take a closer look at what people, like you, have had to do to make this happen. This information will help guide and inspire those who would like to do the same as you but have not yet taken the necessary steps or are finding themselves stuck.

Participation in this project simply involves filling out the form below. If you are open to it, we might follow-up with you via email or a phone conversation about your experiences. Everything you share will be kept confidential. We will seek your permission if this information is shared on any web-based or print form (such as an on-line blog post).

As part of your participation, you will have a chance to win a $75 Amazon gift card, which will be drawn approximately every four months until mid-2017 (June 2016, Oct 2016, Feb 2017, and June 2017). If you refer this project to someone else who completes the survey (and submits your name), you will also receive another entry. The more people you refer, the more times your name will appear in each drawing.

Thank you in advance for participating in this project and for helping others learn how to create better work-life balance! (Project sponsored by Women, Work, and Life, www.womenworklife.com)

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    Your Career Path Prior to Changing

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    The Change Process

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    Your Work-Life Balance and Future

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    Follow-up Information

    Thank you very much for taking your time to share your career/job change experiences with us! This information will no doubt be helpful to hundreds of other individuals who would like to do the same as you and create better work-life balance in their lives.
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    Contact Information

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    Referrals

    If you know of other individuals who have made a career or job change to improve their work-life balance, please pass this project on to them! Be sure to give them your name and email so that we can give you an additional entry for the gift card drawings (you will get additional entries for each referral). Thank you again for spreading the word - the more participation we have in this project, the richer information we'll have to help others! Here is the link you can send to them: http://goo.gl/forms/x9NtU2JT64.