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Episode #6
Changing Careers, Part 2

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As a Pensacola-based podcast team, Hurricane Sally took precedence over our time for a while, but we are excited to be back and continue the conversation with Changing Careers Part 2.

Last time we talked about WHY to change careers. Today, we’re talking about HOW to do it. For some, the decision to change careers is a serendipitous arc of events. For others – like Justin – it’s a calling you can’t ignore.

Justin’s story: Smooth transition over time. When Justin decided to make a change, he intuitively understood the power of maintaining positive relationships. How did he do that? He communicated (maybe a little too) openly with his current employer, gave a longer-than-two-week notice, and continued working partial hours until the transition was complete. 

Maybe you don’t know what you want to do, but you know that what you’re doing isn’t it. 

Meg’s story: Practice makes perfect. Meg used her community building and volunteer opportunities to grow her skills and her network. 

  • Does a career change require going “back to school”? 
    • Short answer: No, not always. 
    • You have to get yourself qualified to get your foot in the door, and those requirements differ from role to role, industry to industry. 

Feel like a pinball? You are not alone! It is common to make moves early in your career: Sometimes we make lateral moves or moves that seem like a step backward or we move into roles for reasons that aren’t compelling enough to keep us on the job. Pro tip: that is OK! Making a move, even if you end up making another move soon after, is just fine.You may go through a series of moves in quick succession. What matters is that you continue growing and learning with each new experience. Reflect on what you liked and didn’t like, learned and wish you had learned with every next step, and the only way you will move is forward. 

Practical Tips Summary: 

  • Start a conversation, let people know what you’re interested in, and find out what it takes to get qualified in your new field. 
  • Manage existing relationships so that no bridges are burned.
  • Volunteer. Job shadow. Find a mentor. Put yourself in as realistic a setting as possible to learn if this new industry or field is the right fit for you.
  • Schedule an interview: Trying doesn’t mean buying: Stay open to opportunities by saying yes to an interview. 

Key Take-Away Summary: 

  • Never underestimate the power of Emotional Intelligence. 
  • People will remember how you make them feel, and if you leave a good impression, they may remember what you told them about yourself – including the career change you’re considering. 
  • Having the opportunity to volunteer reinforces the idea that you have to show up to form, cultivate, and keep relationships. 
  • Find an organization focused on young professionals, explore your local Chamber and local non-profit organizations: Figure out what other people do and learn something new. 
  • You don’t know what you don’t know: You may learn that there’s a whole industry or type of job that you didn’t know existed.
  • Never settle for a career that makes you miserable. 
  • When you’re ready to make a change, be wise about how you do it. 
  • Make sure your decision is calculated. Spend time thinking through the pros and cons, and talk to people you trust. 
  • If you have questions, reach out to us. 

What was that song they talked about? 

Updates since the time of recording! 

  • Individual FEMA designation did come through for Escambia County, FL, after all! 

Wheel of Questions: 

  • Fear you’d like to conquer?
  • Old age: Sharp mind or fit body? 
  • What would you be doing if you weren’t doing what you’re doing? 

Resources: 

  • Still not sure HOW to initiate a career change? Here is an article from The Interview Guys on the Do’s and Don’t of quitting your job in 2020. 

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