preparing for change

[caption id="attachment_16775" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Thinking of changing career?"] [/caption] Changing jobs is challenging enough but changing to a whole new career can be overwhelming.  One of the biggest hurdles faced by career changers is how to make a smooth and successful transition to their new career.  To help, we’ve put together this step-by-step guide to make the transition to your new career an easier one. Research A vital first step in changing careers is to research your new career. Speak to people in the industry to gain a realistic insight in to the culture, conditions, opportunities and challenges. As part of your research you should aim to identify any skills gaps, transferable skills and any qualifications or certifications required for your new career. Find out what others in your chosen new career have done for example, what are their backgrounds? What was their progression route? What qualifications do they have? Develop a plan A good...

[caption id="attachment_18674" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="The new career"] [/caption] "The career of the 21st century will be protean, a career that is driven by the person, not the organization, and that will be reinvented by the person from time to time, as the person and the environment change." D.T.Hall (1996) in Protean Careers in the 21st Century The most distressed clients I work with are those who feel they are the victims of change. They are often referred to me for outplacement by their employers wanting to support their employee as they transition out of the organisation. These individuals can face redundancy after having been with the company for many years, sometimes decades. They suffer with feelings of distress for a number of reasons. In some cases they didn’t see the change coming and therefore didn't have time to react. But more often than not, they were aware of the impending change but...