Key Factors of My Successful Career Transition

Are you considering a Career Transition but, not sure if you have what it takes to bring it to fruition? After a 20 year career in Financial Services, I embarked on a new career path that was 180 degrees different from where I was! I can say now that it will go down as one of my greatest achievements in my life!

Here are a few factors that supported me along the way:

  • Stay open-minded – It is easy to stay in known territory because that is more comfortable. Be willing to consider new perspectives. For example, when I started considering different career paths, initially career coaching wasn’t in the mix. I love fashion so initially, I thought I wanted to own a boutique. I had the opportunity to work part-time for a Boutique Owner and realized very quickly that wasn’t for me. I didn’t give up though. I kept exploring!
  • Be in the inquiry – it’s ok to not have your plan fully fleshed out initially. Ask lots of questions and engage in a multitude of conversations with a variety of people. Questions I regularly asked myself: Who can I talk to that could give me insight into…..? Would I be able to check off all the boxes that are important to me with this career path? What is another way I can promote myself as a new career coach?
  • Invest time and money into your transition efforts – a career transition is an investment and usually requires both investments! When I started my transition, that meant I was spending time and money on a coaching certification. For many of my clients that has been investing time and money into:
    •  working with a career coach to get clear on a path as well as strategy to get there,
    • getting a PMP certification and interning to build experience and credibility,
    • accepting work that is a stepping stone to where you ultimately want to be in your career
  • Get comfortable with being with the unknown – this was a hard one for me but, I have gotten much better at accepting that the clarity will come at the perfect time. Early on, I had shared with someone that I knew socially that I was working on a coaching certification. He said he knew someone that did coaching and would be happy to make an introduction. Since that whole world was new to me, I initially didn’t take him up on his offer. After he mentioned it a third time, I decided to reach out and schedule a meeting. I met with a business owner of an Executive Coaching firm and her partner. I went into it with no expectations and at the end of a 2 ½ hour conversation, they offered me a job! If I hadn’t just gone for it not know what to expect, I wouldn’t have landed this great opportunity.
  • Use a vision statement as a touchstone to maintain your momentum – going through a career transition can be a wild ride! Having a document vision can support you when you get discouraged or frustrated to continue to take actions towards your career goal.

 

Have you seen this image before?

Success is never a straight line

This was definitely my experience! If I can successfully make a career transition, YOU can too!!!

If you are interested in having a conversation to see if there is a fit for me to support you with your transition, you can schedule time with me here: www.michelebrant.com/call

I hope you enjoy and get value out of this week’s round-up of curated articles for you that I know are providing the best of the best in the areas of Job Search, Career Transition/Exploration, Career Advancement/Leadership Development and Work-Life Balance/Mindfulness.

I would love your feedback because this really is for you. If you have requests of what you would like to see or want to ask me any questions, feel free to reach out to me.

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