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Career Transition: What Does It Mean for You?

What is career transition? In a nutshell, career transition is the process of exploring, finding, and moving into a new job or new career.

As simple as it sounds, however, this process can be somewhat complex. This is due to a number of factors that affect us (our interests, wants, needs, our background and environment). Thus, there is not one universal definition that will be completely true for everyone. Instead, it varies from person to person.

Generally, there are two categories of career transitions: voluntary and involuntary. A voluntary career transition occurs when an individual’s interests or needs have changed. They might be seeking better compensation, better opportunities, a different environment, etc. An involuntary career transition happens when a person is unexpectedly laid off from their job and needs to make steps towards a new job or career.

Typically, career transition or outplacement services will be provided by a company to exiting employees. The aim is to help these individuals to move on from their previous situation and find new work. Utilizing these services can help mitigate the effects of change and stress.

 

How Can a Career Transition Professional Help You?

Career transition professionals offer assistance in managing the emotional impact of losing one’s professional identity. They also provide guidance in all aspects of making a meaningful transition and finding new opportunities. In an ever-changing economy and job market, it is valuable and important to have professional guidance that will help you navigate it more successfully.

A career consultant can help you explore and focus on your personal and professional goals. Moreover, they can provide the tools that will help you reach those goals. These tactical aspects of making a career change and job search include various strategies, such as writing an effective resume, developing interviewing skills, and building an effective network. Even though this is what people most often think about when they hear the words “career transition services”, career transition programs provide a lot more than just that. They create a confidential, safe space for open and honest conversations that can help you not only overcome your challenges, but also maintain a positive and success-oriented mindset.

 

What to Expect from Your First Meeting?

The first meeting will be all about you! It will help your consultant learn more about your situation. Any concerns you might have, you will be able to voice them in a completely safe and confidential environment. The idea behind your first meeting with a career consultant is to establish the direction of your follow-up sessions. Furthermore, you will tackle the logistical part of your transition (applying for benefits, signing off on your severance, and other pressing matters).

Your first meeting is an opportunity to learn more about your career transition program and create a connection with your consultant. This is your time to ask any questions you might have regarding your transition. Your consultant will offer a safe space to explore emotional impacts of your release and help create strategies to move forward.

 

How Can Career Transition Be Meaningful to You?

Major life disruptions can often serve as a catalyst for meaningful changes leading into new opportunities.

Your career consultant can help you identify your priorities, interests, values, skills, and help you use the strengths and experience you already possess to achieve your newly set goals. However, know that career transition is a process and a commitment. Remember this piece of wisdom: ask for and accept the support you need to move forward. Career transitions are less distressing when they are not navigated alone.

 

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