Potential Barriers I don’t have time. I have concerns about impact on my family. I fear the unknown. I’m comfortable with the familiar. The timing is wrong. I don’t have the required skills or training. The job market is challenging.
Success Stories Why did you (or someone you know) make your most recent career change? How did you (or that person) go about making the transition?
Goal setting: Do you know what you want to do? Definitely. I have some ideas. Not at all.
Goal setting: When would you like to make a change? Within six months Six months to a year In one to two years In two to five years
Goal setting: How do you best hold yourself accountable? Asking family/friends to check in with me Creating a checklist Setting deadlines for myself
Creating an Action Plan: Exercise What do you enjoy doing the most and why? What was your favorite of the events/activities you attended this year and why? Which of your accomplishments are you most proud of and why? Who do you admire and why?
Creating an Action Plan: Networking Who? – Family/Friends – Colleagues – Alumni How? – Informational Interviewing – Social Media (e.g., LinkedIn) – Events
Creating an Action Plan: Professional Development Attending seminars & conferences (e.g., Lynda.com, Human Resources, Weigle Information Commons, U-Life Professional Development Day) Taking a class Getting a degree Participating in projects
Creating an Action Plan: Building Professional Presence Committee work Writing blogs & articles Joining professional associations Presenting at meetings & conferences Volunteering
Tips for Your Next Move Prepare for and take advantage of “happenstance” moments/ opportunities. (Krumboltz). Reflect on what energizes you. Update your resume/LinkedIn profile. Identify a skill that you’d like to develop and get the necessary training.
Tips for Your Next Move (cont’d) Schedule an informational interview. Participate in a new project of interest. Join a committee in your office or across the university. Volunteer in the community. Schedule an appointment with a career coach through Human Resources: http://www.hr.upenn.edu/learning/career.aspx
What will be your next step? I will conduct self-assessment. I will develop a plan for networking. I will work on my professional development. I will build my professional presence.