Career Transition: What to Consider

Bishop Partners - Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Fact: the average person today has approximately 6 career changes in their lifetime. Job seeking sits in the top five producers of stress related illness and anxiety. Being realistic about your prepared for the search and what it entails will increase success and reduce your stress.


Consider these three things in advance:

 1) Compensation Need

Money is often the most critical and worrying factor in transitioning to a new career.  Do you know your exact monthly cash flow needs? This means NEEDS, without movies, spa treatments, and trips to Hawaii. What’s the bare bones number? You can relieve a lot of anxiety by knowing what you have to meet to survive. Switching to a new career path may mean a lower compensation level for some period of time. So while you like those spa treatments, you will find you may be able to survive on a lot less if you really want to transition to something new.


 2.) Time Frame to Properly Prepare

If you want to do something very different from your past experience, prepare to be patient. A successful career change can take 6-9 months or more of planning and preparation. You may want to take some classes in your new field to help educate yourself and gain credibility in the new field. You need to have a well branded resume, listing core competencies that will transition well to your new field, rather than showcasing your old career. If you are currently employed, time will be limited, and social media can be your friend. Set up a Linked In account (if you don’t already have one) and upload your resume and actively post to make yourself visible.


3.)    Broaden your Location Horizons

If your life allows it, don’t limit yourself to your home town. Do your job searches on Linked In nationally or even internationally. The more flexible you are, the more chances you have of landing your dream job. Give yourself a time frame for your location. If you are unsuccessful after a few months, then you may have to consider widening your geographical range to make that career transition.


Always remain focused and positive in your path to career transition. Remember, when one door closes, another one opens!


Next week: Mentoring is a Two Way Street

Natalie Ngu

Research and Social Media Manager

Bishop Partners