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Career Transition

Career Transitions may be deliberate or they may be unintentional. The prospect of making a career change can be stressful and it can also be exciting. Whether you find yourself considering a career change or you have found yourself in a situation that requires a career change, there are many factors to consider.

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Some people feel content to continue working in the same job position until they retire. This group of individuals has no desire for advancement or change and they feel comfortable in their current position. For these people, a forced career change can be a very stressful event.

The loss of a job may be due to factors beyond our control. At a time when the economy is constantly fluctuating; companies are merging, downsizing, or out-sourcing; and employers are adopting new technologies among other changes; the concept of job security seems idealistic. Although we hope a lay off will never happen, if it does, it’s important to be aware of the resources and possible benefits of making a career transition.

The day you receive a lay off notice or “pink slip” may seem like the worst day of your life. Whether it was anticipated or came unexpectedly, it can still be a stressful situation. You may react with mixed emotions: anger, anxiety, resentment, fear, and a multitude of other emotions. You may either feel the need to step back to assess and recover from your situation, or you may need to jump in and tackle the problem head on. Another option might be you are the type of person who sees the lay off as an opportunity to move forward and pursue the career of your dreams.

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