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Don’t Fear a Career Transition

Friday, July 31, 2020

Take steps to ensure you're ready for your next career move.

If you are considering making a career change, Lisa Downs guides you through the transition process in "Master a Career Transition." Whether you are looking to be an independent contractor or you want to retire, she provides questionnaires to help you gauge your readiness and determine next steps. She also offers tips to maintain your focus throughout the difficult process.


If you have the luxury of deciding when to transition out of your current role, consider your timeline—next year, in three years? As you think through leaving full-time work, carefully review your financials, your comfort level with variable hours and income, and changes in your role identity.

Downs encourages readers to reflect on these questions: What are your top three strengths and skills you'd like to apply in a different capacity, and why? and What's prompted you to consider making a career change?

To remain motivated, Downs advises:

  • Acknowledging even a small task you've done well
  • Avoiding comparing yourself to other people
  • Incorporating more fun and exercise into your life, especially when stressed

These tips were adapted from the August 2020 issue of TD at Work. Learn more at

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The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is a professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees in organizations around the world. The ATD Staff, along with a worldwide network of volunteers work to empower professionals to develop talent in the workplace.

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