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What is career transition?

Tom Church January 1, 2012 1 Comment

What is Career Transition?


Career transition is when you switch from one type of work to another.

The type of work is usually very different, which is why people find it difficult. Career transition is like starting again and learning everything from scratch. You’re outside of your comfort zone, you don’t know what you’re doing, and you’re potentially leaving everything you previously learnt behind. Sounds awesome.

Why do people undergo career transition?

Making the decision to change careers and move on to something else entirely is difficult! Here are some of the reasons why people choose to up-sticks:

  • Bored of the daily grind at work
  • Current job is unfulfilling
  • Feel undervalued
  • Sick of the commute
  • Want to do something worthwhile
  • It just doesn’t feel right
  • Want more money
  • Not enough time for family and friends
  • Too stressful, need to relax
  • Want to live a little!


Real career transition motives

OK. These motives sound silly. But that’s the truth isn’t it? It’s the small things that you have to deal with every day that gets you down. It is the snotty tissues. It is the dictatorial boss. It is the low pay cheque.

Whathejobisthis helps you realise these things, and then do something about it. Life is too short to accept mediocrity. People are changing careers, and they are doing new things that are making them 50x happier. You can to.

Example of successful career transition

Here’s a video of Lubna Gem Arielle, a Whathejobisthis reader, speaking at one of our Tell It Like It Is events. She describes her career transition from a City Solicitor to a creative writer and performer. She’s been doing it for nine years and loves every moment of it.

Lubna explains that she also still uses her previous skills as a freelancer. She provides individuals and companies law advice, and this acts as another source of income. Therefore, you can still use the skills you have learnt in your previous job even if you decide to radically change career paths.


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