Make a career transition
Making a career transition, at any stage of your career, can induce self-doubt and feel overwhelming. Successfully navigating your transition is made much easier by having the right plan to keep you focused, organized, and to reduce the mental load of trying to remember everything you have to do. This Action Plan Template for making a career transition will get you started with an action plan so you're not starting from a blank page. Use it a starting point and tailor it as needed to fit your specific career transition goal.
- Identify the new sector or role into which you want to transitionSep 22, 2020Consider:
- Why are you making a career change? What are you wanting to move away from and towards?
- What sectors or roles are more aligned with what you want?
- What do you know about those sectors and roles and what questions do you have?
- How long do you hope this process takes and how public do you want to be about it?
- Research the requirements for the new role/sectorSep 25, 2020Develop a list of needed skills and experiences for the new job / sector. Job postings and the LinkedIn profiles of people in the job / sector you want to transition into are good places to start your research.
- Identify people in your network in your target role / sectorSep 25, 2020Tips:
- Use LinkedIn or other social media sites to figure out connections to companies you want to work for
- Review all your LinkedIn contacts to look for connections, however vague, to where you want to be
- Make a list of your past managers, mentors, professional coaches, champions, and other colleagues who are invested in your success, regardless of industry
- Prioritize the list based on who will be most helpful for this transition
- Conduct informational interviewsOct 6, 2020The goal of these interviews is to gather information about your desired role/sector and to better understand how to make the transition. This exercise will also let your network know that you are interested in making this transition. It may also uncover job opportunities This phase might be really small and private if your company does not know you are looking, and might be very broad and public if you are open about your search. Pro tip - always end each informational interview asking who are 2-3 other people you should be talking to (and send thank yous!). Create Actions for each of your interviews so you can keep yourself organized.
- Conduct gap analysisOct 9, 2020Compare your strengths, weaknesses, experiences, and skills to what's required for your desired role / job. Draw on past performance reviews, informal feedback you've received, and self-reflection. Make sure you're being objective about yourself. Use Nodabl's Feedback feature to collect additional information about yourself as needed.
- Fill in critical gapsThe duration of this step will depends on the gaps you need to fill. Set new goals in Nodabl for the gaps you need to fill to keep yourself organized and on track.
- Transition within my companyIdentify if it's possible to make your transition within your current employer. Talk to your manager, HR, and leaders of your desired function/role. If this is the path you want to go, create additional Actions based on your conversations to successfully transition.
- Get a new jobIf it's not possible / desirable to transition within your current employer, set a new goal to get a new job in Nodabl, and make your transition!