So without going into a really long winded story summarizing my career trajectory to date, I'll try and give you the cliffs version -Had a great job working for large company, left to enter consulting -Had good paying job as a consultant, left to complete my Ph.D -Got a job teaching at a university (not as a prof), left to take job for the government -Leaving job at the government to go back to academic job (research appointment) I'm starting to worry whether I am a "grass is always greener" type of guy, and I'm switching between careers because I convince myself the alternative is always preferable. The job I am leaving now (government position) is awesome. I work with great people, the pay is pretty solid and I really enjoy my work. With that being said, I recently found myself wondering whether I am cut out for the 9-5 world. In my head, I tell myself that I am an academic at heart and that is the motivation behind my career switch. The truth may be that I just don't know what makes me happy in life, and the idea of being "stuck" in a job terrifies me. Anybody else ever have this issue? I know that when you are younger (and ideally before you get married and have kids) your supposed to explore career options, but I haven't stayed at any one place for more than 2 years. BTW, my decisions are rarely related to money. More often than not, I am switching into a lower paying position.