Career

Transitioning

MODULE 1

Introduction

Embodied Career Management is here to assist you through this transition in your career, by not only providing you with job seeking skill sets, but to also better prepare yourself to stand out amongst the crowd. All in all you will be going through 8 different modules which are part of this course

Unfortunately, if you don't take control of your career no one else will do it for you. Through this time, it is also worth looking at the progress of various industry sectors as it gives you more time to analyse the current market and in which direction it is going. This means you will be able to prepare yourself much more before making a decision on which direction you will focus on.

Career Transitions,

Are they really possible?

Before we answer this question we need to understand the difference between a change in job and a transition. Most people use the term transition and change interchangeably but they're not synonyms.

A transition could be precipitated by an external change. For example, you could be laid off from work (more of a change), which could motivate you to step back from your busy life and assess if it is time to think about pursuing a latent passion/dream or shifting your work focus to have more meaning or balance for you. This period of self-reflection could result in redefining who you really are and what you do for work. It could ultimately result in a career transition to an entirely new field and a new role.

Change: This is an external variation in your life such as a new job, company reorganisation or merger.


Transition: This is an entire shift within you that means you have reached a point where it's time to let go of an assumption, self-image or situation.

Transitions

are a Process

They begin with an ending, develop into a neutral phase, and end with a new beginning. In order to build a new, you need to dismantle and provide space in yourself and your life for the creative act of constructing a new career.

 

Transitions begin with a five-phase ending process. We also like calling them the 5 D's. This is a precondition for self-renewal, and, oftentimes, people try to avoid this stage or rush it, as it can be very painful.

No matter what, you need to remember, skill sets will need to be radically altered to keep pace with the changes taking place in the world of work. Only you can take ownership of this and ensure that you keep yourself up to date in an ever-changing job market.

1

Disengagement: This is an actual break from the ordinary way of life as you know it - separating yourself from activities, relationships, and settings that have been important, but are no longer working for you. Think of it as externally removing yourself from old systems and contexts.

2

Dismantling: This involves the actual taking a part of your life as you used to know it before disengagement occurred.

 

This can mean dismantling the world you operated in as well as the identity you had built in this world.

3

Dis-identification: If you think of disengagement as the external change that started the transition, you then can think of dis-identification as the internal changes that alters the way in which you experience yourself. You begin to lose the old way of defining yourself, and you are no longer sure who you are!

Giving up titles and roles are an important part of your identity, and it is important to dis-identify from these during this phase.

4

Disenchantment: This is a true shift in your world view; things just don't look the same anymore. This can involve emotions such as disappointment and shock.


It is a time to look below the surface of what you thought to be so. It is the sign that you are ready to see and understand more now.

5

Disorientation: Disorientation is just what it sounds like - you don't know where you're going, what you should be doing, or what has meaning for you.

Beginning

with an Ending

The neutral zone is the time in between the old life and the new. In order to build anew, you need to dismantle and provide space within yourself for the creative act of constructing a new life. For many people, this can be a terrifying stage as you have gone through the phases of the ending zone, but clearly still have no idea where you are heading. You are confused, lack direction, and can be gripped by fear. People have described this phase as a period of emptiness, suffering, and confusion.


However, this phase is absolutely essential for a new beginning, and it is important for you to surrender to this phase of emptiness and stop trying to escape it. Some find its best to get away for a few days and take a personal retreat. The solitude associated with a retreat allows you to see and experience the world differently and opens you up to transformation. Others find being surrounded by family and friends and having open discussions empowers them to see things clearer. Think of this as a period of inner reorientation where realignment begins to take shape.

The Neutral Zone

So, how do you know when you've reached the point of a new beginning? Beginnings are often inauspicious and quiet. When you are ready, the opportunities will begin to appear in front of you. Inner signals will begin to point you in the right direction. What are these inner signals? They can be subtle, and often hard to notice. They could be some or all of the following: an idea, an impression, an image, a hint, a comment someone makes, a dream, or a fantasy.


An inner signal is NOT a billboard with the word "Answer" on it - it is not an answer in the traditional sense. It tends to be more of an inner realignment, more than an external opportunity. However, an external opportunity could precipitate this process.


A few key points lead to success in this phase:

  • Begin to take action.

  • Visualize yourself doing the final result, or in the final state.

  • Take things step by step and recognize this is a process.

  • Shift your purpose from trying to achieve a "goal" to living in the process, learning what you can, and making contacts where appropriate.

Things that will help with the Process

Get associated with people in a similar situation:
It usually helps to discuss your problems, progress and ideas with people who are in a similar situation. It makes you feel as if you're part of a tribe and not alone.

Keep your mind open to change:
Don't be afraid to freelance, shadow or  take on trainee work. Anything that will help you move into the new role you want to pursue.

Pick one area:
Some people make the mistake of picking multiple areas to pursue. Focus on one thing at a time and you will be able to learn, adapt and enjoy the whole process.

Do a lot of research:
Focus on identifying an industry that is strong or emerging in your targeted area and is close to your current industry experience.

Answer the looming questions:
Start keeping a journal. Write down anything associated with your new transition. Is it reasonable to ask yourself how long will it take to transition? Do I have to start over? What education and skills do I need? Do I want to work part-time or fulltime?
Asking questions will clarify a number of things, remove pressure and doubt and give you new direction.

A new way of working

Today an increasing number of workers are veering off the time-honoured career path of joining an employer, rising through the ranks and staying for decades. Some are freelancing by choice and set their own schedules, choose their assignments and work independently. Others have turned to contingent work out of economic necessity.


Just remember that even if you decide that freelancing work is not for you. This could be a stand in for you before you get a job. You will be surprised that a number of jobs pay pretty well.

 

Although Freelancing is out of scope from what all we are touching on. We believe it to be something worth looking into now and to the future. Below are a few freelancing websites worth looking into.

If freelancing is of interest to you, your Career Coach will be able to assist you with addition information on what skills you have that are in demand in the freelancing arena.

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