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PWCC Blog: How to Transform your Career & Reach your Full Potential

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 3, 2018

Over the course of your lifetime, you’ll spend at least a total of 10.3 years at work and most professionals report feeling disengaged in their current position.  Changing a career can be intimidating.  That’s why people settle and stay.

The good news is that people change careers every day.  So, how do you transform your career successfully? 

Here are 7 proven steps to navigate a career transformation successfully:

1.      Self-Reflect

Before changing, it is important to make sure you are choosing the right career path to avoid experiencing a set-backStart with a self-evaluation.

2.   Plan a Future Scenario

What should your “after” picture look like?   Consider worst and best case scenarios, and choose the best.  What are your transferable skills? What’s stopping you?

3.   Plot your Stepping Stones

Take short term actions to help you move forward and create your dream future.  Be sure you are leveraging your network.   Your network is your most important asset during career transformation.  It can:

o   Help you meet key players

 o   Advocate for you

o   Get you the right advice and coaching

o   Be your seal of approval even if you don't have the perfect match of skills and experience

Invest in your skills.  Career makeovers most often require that you learn a few skills or refresh old ones.

These little steps may not seem relevant, but they are necessary to move forward.

4.   Talk to a Mentor or a Coach

Remember, many people have faced challenges similar to the ones you’re currently facing.  Navigating a career requires a psychological change, it is important to tap into the experience of others.

5.   Check your Fears

Fear is the only thing often stopping us from becoming the person we want to be.  Listen to your internal conversation and be sure it is not stopping you.  What would you do if you were not afraid?

6.   Get Inspired

Surround yourself with inspirational messages and people. Write a person manifesto, vision, or a letter to your “present” self from your “future” self and review it at least weekly. Keep it simple.

7.    Commit

Quell your excuses and get into action. Nothing will change until you take the first step.         

Career transformation can feel daunting. It can also be invigorating as you feel totally empowered to create your destiny.  Make it about creating your destiny.


Submitted by:

Elaine Mikesell, Ph.D.
Managing Partner, Mikesell Digital Consulting –WSI Agency

Professional Women's Club of Chicago, PWCC is a Chicago based networking organization that provides networking connections that support, enrich and inspire women to advance professionally and personally. Members come from public and private sectors, multi-billion dollar corporations, mid-size and small businesses, as well as, non-profit organizations. Membership is open to women from all industries in all stages of their careers who want to develop a strong lifelong network. Learn more about membership and upcoming activities


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