Career Transition: Make it Happen

If you’re like most people you’ve probably had many different jobs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 12 is the average number of times people change jobs between ages 18 to 48.

But what if you’re tired of job hopping? What if you want to make a serious career transition? How do you get started?

Here are a few tips to get you started on your way!

Know Thyself

You need a good idea of your strengths and weaknesses. Know what you need to make you happy – maybe it’s not money, but finding a career that you really love. Take time to find out how to make that happen. Find something that you love to do. Figure out the why, what, how and where to make your next career move.

Plan of Action

A good starting place is to have a plan. Map out what you want to do or list ideas about your interests. As adult learners, you will have different priorities. Talk to people about your ideas. Read about industries that interest you. Figure out what you’re really looking for in your next career.

What’s Your Brand?

If you’re reinventing yourself, also reinvent your brand. Think about what energizes you. What do people say you’re good at? Use social media to make sure people can find you.  Join industry groups on LinkedIn or Facebook. Make it easy for people to find you through your alumni group and past employers.

Meet and Greet

Network and set up informational interviews with the right people. People love to talk about their work, and you can get an insider view on things, and gain other potential contacts. Find the people who can give you advice and be your cheerleaders.

Feet on the Ground

Be a realist about starting over. For example, do you need to go back to school? Or can you find an internship instead? Think of smart ways to build the skills you need. Dreams keep us motivated, but remember to keep your feet on the ground and a roof overhead.

Dr. Patti and I are in transition mode.  After we received our doctorates in 2015, the logical assumption was to go into academia. But we were taught to think outside the box .

There are many other ways to use our education and we plan to experience them. Our career change includes getting the most value from our education and exploring our role a social entrepreneurs.

We’ll keep you updated as we move forward.

Until next time,

Dr. Bessie

Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart..
~~~ Ancient Indian Proverb ~~~

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Author: Dr. Bessie DiDomenica

Food Policy Researcher • Public Policy Wonk • Sustainability Advocate • Academic Writer • Public Speaker • Teacher • Social Entrepreneur • Associate Editor

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