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A Career Development Consultant’s Advice: What You Need To Consider Before Changing Careers

Whether you are riding the Great Resignation wave or thinking about making a career change, it is so crucial that you make a well-informed decision. Alicia Jacobs, who started as a career development consultant before moving into learning and organizational development, is joining in on this episode to share her expertise and offer a consultant’s view. 

The goal is to provide you with a few key factors for your consideration as you assess if it’s time to change careers or remain with your existing employer. This is an opportunity to get an insider’s perspective and a method to evaluate your decisions. 

A few questions to consider before you leave your current position: 

  • Are you bringing your full set of skills to your current position? 
  • Does your personal brand support the moves you are considering?  
  • How adaptable are you to the digital transformation going on? 

“Be so good at your job, that you’re invited to the table when they’re looking at what does this position really need” – Alicia Jacobs 

It is so easy to feel like things would be better in a new company and a fresh start. This discussion serves as a sobering reminder of not falling victim to your own career blind spots. Working with employers, both Alicia and Beverly expose different angles to think through when considering if it’s time for a career change. 

Pearls of Wisdom from Alicia and Beverly: 

  • “Help me understand” is a powerful phrase you can use when looking for clarification and when you need to communicate something that could be challenging. 
  • Speak in a way that people can accept and receive what you are saying. 
  • You don’t have to like the people you learn from within your company. 
  • Never underestimate the benefit of being a valued employee. 
  • Emulate the good leaders in your organization that can add value to the skills you offer. 

“… understand that what you can control you should control, but you also need to be aware of what you can’t control.” – Beverly Williams 

A critical part of what is in your control that is highlighted throughout this episode is your personal growth and development. Bringing quality information and food for thought to you through these kinds of conversations is why Your Employment Matters exists.  

This is a free resource and tool to help you make better decisions. We want you to be able to give closer consideration to things you may not have thought of, and recognize opportunities you may not have been aware of. Information here is being presented from subject matter experts and industry professionals that can expand your knowledge greatly. 


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