The process is logical. Progress is guaranteed when you invest the necessary time, and commit to doing the creative work. You’ll need perseverance! We’ll work together to clarify the steps you can take for the change you want to make. I know from extensive experience that the clients who do this work lose their fear, develop confidence — and enjoy this work!
The 4-Stage Process Of Career Transition
First Stage - Letting Go
You have already experienced a profound change, whether it’s losing a long-time job, or reaching the point of knowing you need something different, something new. This first critical step is acknowledging loss. In his book Transitions, Williams Bridges says, “To become something else, you have to stop being what you are now; to start doing things a new way, you have to end the way you are doing them now; and to develop a new attitude or outlook, you have to let go of the old one you have now.”
Second Stage - Self-Assessment
In this moment, who are you? What are your values? Your strengths and weaknesses? Can you describe your skills, and the roles you’ve played? What is your relationship to the work you do? People rarely take the time to consider these questions, to look squarely at the labels we, and others, assign to our work and ourselves - because the very idea can create anxiety. Together, we’ll eliminate this confusion, and discover the positive facts with which you can move forward.
Third Stage - A Fresh Vision
By now, you’ll be prepared, even excited, to consider the question, “What do I want to do?” This is the opposite of daydreaming. This is building a vision for your future based on facts, the reality of your experience, your sources of joy and excitement. Using your time, making a living, pursuing the goal you have defined for yourself - these are now your choices.
Fourth Stage - A New Beginning
At this point, you know what you want, and you know it’s grounded in reality. All that remains to be done is creating and executing an action plan to make it happen. Thanks to the work you’ve completed, this process will be clear, and you’ll be ready to engage with the people you need to help you. Completing the previous stages has prepared you to enjoy and succeed in this final stage.