Tips for a Smooth Career Transition

There are so many reasons why people transition in terms of their careers. Career transition is the process of moving and changing into a new career. Whether you are transitioning to a new sector or career, to a new location, to retirement, into a position of leadership, following redundancy, or even transitioning back into employment because of an extended leave for whatever the reason, career transition may be challenging.

Career transition can be a fairly easy process for some. But for others, it can be challenging and difficult on every level. For those of you who find career transition challenging, here are a few tips for a smooth career transition:

Seek assistance and accept help

asking helpWhen you are transitioning into a new career, don’t be afraid to seek and accept help and support from anyone. There are career transition services that you can seek help from. They can provide you with career coaches to guide and help you navigate the transition process, which will make the career transition much easier for you.

It is also important to connect and network with people who can help you. Reach out to people, to associations, to companies, and to leaders whether in person or virtually on social media platforms, like Twitter and Linkedin. Networking is important because you will be able to know about jobs that aren’t advertised. You can also ask your colleagues or friends for their counsel, tips, introductions, and advice.

Focus and keep an opened mind

In the process of career transition, it is important that you focus on where you want to go. You can start by picking a tribe or a lane that you prefer. You can be focused on a group or tribe that you want to be a part of, or you can be focused on a career path or lane. However, you should also keep an opened mind. It is okay to do some informational interviews, shadowing, internships, freelancing, and trainee work. When you are in the process of career transition, sometimes you have to start a new career all over again.

Be prepared and decide on a plan

planIt is important to prepare and plan for a career transition. You should make yourself prepared by researching, tailoring your resume, improving your Linkedin profile, practice before being interviewed, acquire new skills, as well as taking time for self-development. You need to decide on a plan by knowing what you should be doing. You need to set your self some goals that you want to achieve.