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EP 1617 Here are a few of the many things to consider if that is where you are.

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I thought I would do a video today talking with you about the thoughts of a career transition, just beginning the process of considering it and some of the things to start to take into account as you consider it.
So, I'm going to start back with the idea of what's it like to be in transition? Seriously, what do you think it would be like to be in transition? After all, you are probably not a student anymore-- duh!. You're an adult with adult responsibilities, but just not happy doing what you're doing and part of it is you're not quite sure of what to do next, or you're not quite sure how to go about it, given your responsibilities.
Understand, you need to think creatively and start looking at options. So, for example, if you're married with a wife, husband, kids, you've got a partner however your your family ties are, are the other people on board with making the change or is this something that you're going to drive and perhaps build resentment with?
You need to start exploring and looking at the different options that exist for you, just in terms of day to day circumstances. So, can you imagine why you want to make the change? Yeah, what is it about your current circumstances that's prompting you to consider this? Are you interested in going back to school and, if so, how long is that training? How long is that education going to take and can you afford it given your life circumstances.
Now, if you're single money, no debt, no problems, but the likelihood of that is small. You may own your home or condo; you may have rent that's expensive and you can kind of do this part time. Can you tolerate that? What have you enjoyed about your work in the past? What's missing? There are lots of different questions to ask yourself.
Have you done assessments up until this point? You know, where in your career are you looking to improve things? So, for example, you know, can we divide up your role in two components? Can we look at your job as having pieces to it, and which ones do you like and which ones you don't like? How can we break this down? At the same time, you know, honor where you are at this point, and help you start looking at alternatives.
I don't know that a friend or a counselor can do this. I do think a good career coach can. Whether it's me or someone else, I want to encourage you to go talk with someone and engage in a process. I want to be clear, engage in a process because it's not just one time you sit down with the guru of all things career (notice the sarcasm there) and they instantly tell you what to do. They don't know you like you know you. They don't have the answers. They've just got a better class of questions that's going to help you begin this process of transition, help you look at the alternatives that are available, and help you make good decisions for yourself.
I'd love to be the one that helps you. If you're interested in my doing that, reach out to me. My email address is In the subject line, put the phrase "career transition." I've got a program for that minimum 60 days commitment on your part, but I think you're served by going longer.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1600 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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