Navigating a Career Transition Successfully

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The information in this article is extracted from the WiseNet Asia’s Career Transition and outplacement course material. 

A career transition may happen voluntarily or involuntarily.  Whether it is an individual decision or a forced move, there will be unexpected changes that comes along, things that we could never foresee coming.  In this article, we outline 11 tips for navigating a career transition successfully.  This list will help you get prepared for unexpected situations, and also equipped you with the right mindset and preparatory steps to embark on a new beginning.

Tips for navigating a career transition successfully:

  1. Accept Help. A good mentor can make the transition from one career into another much easier.
  2. Acquire New Skills. Research skills that will be relevant in your chosen field.
  3. Identify what you want to do, and what you are qualified to do. Successful career transitions rarely happen without acquiring new skills. Embrace the learning process and look at this time as an investment in your future. Rarely will there be time to acquire these new skills. Make time by temporarily taking some of your “free time” and devoting it to your self-development.
  4. Do not rush change, trust the process. Everything will fall together nicely when you consistently work on things that you want.
  5. Opportunities will present themselves, but they may not be all the right or best decisions to make. Qualify the opportunities based on your situation.
  6. Plan on the unexpected. What could go wrong, and how do we handle these situations?
  7. A career transition rarely goes accordingly to plan. Keeping an open mind about where your new skills can take you helps to increase possibilities and secure an excellent “next career.”
  8. Be kind to yourself and keep at it. You are your own best supporter!
  9. Learning new skills and making a career transition is stressful and difficult for most adults. Embracing change is tough. Furthermore, a successful career transition takes time.
  10. Take the time to build your personal branding and image. If you are a brand, what characteristics do you represent? What image do you convey to others? Individual image that is attractive with a positive character is a source of power.
  11. Personality, mindset, energy, attitude, image are all important personal elements that set you apart from the others. Keep adding value for what you do, stay relevant and current, and think about how you can become more indispensable!

With the homework here done, you are all set to a strong ‘start’ for a new career, with your better and stronger self!


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