How To Power a Successful Career Transition (Part 1)

powering a successful career transition

How To Power a Successful Career Transition (Part 1)

25 million jobs was the estimated number of jobs projected to be lost as a result of the COVID 19, according to the International Labour Organization.

The assessment showed that there would be a projected rise in global unemployment between 5.3 million and 24.7 million making it worse than 2010.

The effect of this is seen in the increased amount of job loss, underemployment and career transitions.

Since the pandemic hit, young people have found themselves having to choose between upskilling and transitioning or staying in roles that seem to be depreciating in the global marketplace.

Upskilling and career transitions have been on the rise and Mentor Africa Foundation is committed to helping young Africans make successful career transitions.

What is Career Transition?

A career change or a career transition is any major change in work role requirements, work context or description that result in a change in roles, profession or industry.

It is a concept developed after copious research by David Super.

Donald Super opined that career development involves developing a sense of self which changes over time and develops through experience.

He broke down the human career and life development of working individuals into 5 stages.

  • Growth: birth – 14; Development of self-concept, attitudes, needs and the general world of work.
  • Exploration: 15-24; “Trying out” through classes, work hobbies. Tentative choice and skill development.
  • Establishment: 25-44; Entry-level skill-building and stabilisation through work experience.
  • Maintenance: 45-64; Continual adjustment process to improve position.
  • Decline: 65+; Reduced output, prepare for retirement.

Steps to A Smooth Career Transition

Career transitioning is an intricate process that if not well planned out, could leave you stuck in your old career or underperforming in your new one.

Before making a career transition, carefully follow these steps:

1. Do a Self Assessment

For a successful transition, you need to determine who you are as a member of any workforce, your strengths and weaknesses, what ignites your passion, what makes you an asset.

You should take assessment tests and speak with career counsellors or mentors.

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2.  Explore the Market

What skills are required in today’s market? Which ones are sought after? What is the longevity? What new jobs offer high financial returns? What are the likely challenges? Who are the key actors, policymakers and employers in these industries?

Do your research.

3. Decide

Combine the information from your self-assessment and your research. Pick out the careers that provide a healthy combination of both. Skills and markets that match your passions, strengths, financial goals, market value, etc.

4.  Create a Transition Plan

Create an action plan with goals and milestones.

These goals should include skill acquisition, time management so your current position does not suffer, organization’s you want to work with, courses you need to take, networks to join, and time-based KPIs.

You should also restructure your resume to reflect your career change.

5.  Create Your Job Search Strategy

At this stage, you should create an organized portfolio of job openings, application letters, appropriate cover letters, target organizations and contacts, and a system to record the overall process and progress.

And when you do get the interview, here are 5 ways to sell yourself to your interviewer.

This concludes the first part of this series, in the second part, we will be addressing what you should do during the period of transitioning.

Stay tuned!


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