Career transitions present a huge opportunity

Career transitions can be daunting whether you’re a business person or executive, college grad, scientist, artist, writer or entrepreneur.  Leaving behind your current job or career requires a leap of faith. Sure, there will be risks, but there may be even greater possibilities. A recent study published in Forbes shows that employees who stay for longer than 2 years in one company earn 50% less over their entire career. Some of you may think this is shocking and unfair. After all, aren’t companies supposed to compensate employees who stay loyal? Others may think that this is a correlation vs causation situation. After all, people who don’t stay long with one company are probably more ambitious, and this ambition is what drives their higher salary (rather than the job changes).

Whatever your thoughts on the subject, it is a fact that these days, very few people stay in the same job for life. Most people make several career changes in their 20’s. No matter your age or experience level, changing careers can be a challenging process to navigate on your own. Whether you want to learn a new role, switch industries, or pursue a new career path altogether, a coach can be a great help.

Plan the process carefully

Depending on where you are in the process, the blueprint for success can sound simple: get clear on your goals and desires, set a course of action (and plan for contingencies), and make your career transition with confidence. However, the devil is always in the details.

Consider the following:
– Are you sure that your desires are the highest possible ones?
– Are you sure your goals are the best way to achieve these desires?
– Are you sure the course of action you intend to follow will lead to actually accomplishing your goals?
– Are you sure that you have planned for all contingencies? For example, what if the new job offer falls through – do you have enough money saved up to last while you look for another job?

These are just some of the questions you must ask yourself in order to make sure that you are acting on a plan that will lead to a sub-optimal outcome.

A coach can help make the process more manageable

Your coach can help you break the transition down into small, actionable steps, to plan your transition. Also, they can help you really dive deep into your goals and desires, and make sure you are not missing on some other, more fundamental goal that would make you much happier.  

First, you may want to identify with your coach the “knowns” and “unknowns” of your career transition. Do you have a clear vision for your transition? If not, a coach can help you figure out a new direction, check out this post for more details. Once you’re clear on the starting point, your coach will help you create an action plan with milestones and timelines, to lay out the necessary actions and make sure the plan is tailored to your needs and goals.

Jump start your transition today!

The process of transitioning careers doesn’t have to be hard. Start your LiveCoach free trial today and interact with coaches for free for 7 days, to find a coach that can help.

If you want to make a career change but don’t know what you want, a coach can help you figure that out too. You can check out this post that talks about envisioning the future you want.

As always, we’re happy to hear any questions or thoughts you may have.

Best of luck!
The LiveCoach team