Preparing for a Job or Career Transition: Dos and Don’ts


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Change is inevitable. Developing strategies to manage change can help ease the discomfort. I remember a seven-year period early in my career when I completed a graduate degree program, changed jobs three times and completed an internship. Prior to my 15 years at the NBA, I’d only held one job for more than two years.

It wasn’t until I began contemplating leaving the NBA to become a consultant did I experience the stress of planning for transition. I didn’t know where to begin. There wasn’t a blueprint or anyone to help me figure out what I wanted to do or how to do it.

My career transition experiences, work with professional athletes and conversations with colleagues confirm there are others who can also benefit from guidance and support during what can be a stressing time. I want to be that support for you by sharing what helped me make a successful transition. Consider the tips below and CONTACT Hilliard Solutions today to begin preparing for your next move.

  • Get Help. Reach out to others who can help you think through your current job situation and identify your life goals. Seek out someone who knows you well and understands your industry. Talk to trusted individuals in your network for advice. Consider a career coach who can provide information and tools, relate to your fears and guide you through the transition process.
  • Self-Assessment. This involves identifying your passion and purpose as well as your skills, abilities, strengths and interests. Doing so can provide a more integrated perspective on potential career options for you.
  • Think Outside the Box. Many clients I work do not realize that their experiences and skill set are transferable to other jobs or industries. I help them discover hidden talents and develop the comfort level to pursue careers not previously considered.
  • Do Not Be Afraid! Step out of your comfort zone. Do not allow fear to prevent you from identifying and pursuing the career you desire.

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