How to successfully pull off a career transition!
All in the space of five weeks last year I went from working 5 days a week as an HR Advisor to becoming something that Dan Pink calls a Free Agent. I transitioned out of an HR Generalist Role into several different roles which required a set of skills a lot wider than the ones I was using. After being a big fan of flexible approaches to work, side projects, social entrepreneurship & the concepts mentioned in the four-hour work week I was thoroughly looking forward to this new lifestyle and approach to work.
I had different titles for each of the different projects I was commencing. These included titles such as a social entrepreneur, digital strategist, director of operations & consultant. Now I think it’s important to point out that I never expected to transition careers so early in my working life but my passion for lifelong learning, or #eternalgeekery as someone calls it, always meant that my eyes would wander from time to time.
This is a topic that I’ve wanted to explore for quite some time & that I haven’t covered on my site before. Luckily I was recently approached by Mel Gleeson, a student from RMIT in Melbourne, who was looking at the topic of career transitions. The following is an interview that I did as apart of her assignment.
5 Responses to “How to successfully pull off a career transition!”
Good post Damon, I particularly liked your comment ‘There’s a lot more risk in standing still…’ I think that’s very true early in people’s caeers as they find their niche. Good use of brand positioning with the Chelsea scarf in the background too!
Thanks Stephen. I couldn’t resist having the scarf in the background, I may have lost a few friends and followers because of it though. Lifelong learning was one of the many things I learnt from working with you.
Well done, welcome to the brave new world of ultimate freedom and risk…7 years on I still love it
Thanks! Loving every minute so far!
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