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Working from beginning to beginning

Redundancy. Retirement. Project wrap-up. Chances are you think of these events as an end. An exit of sorts. But what happens when we start to think of them as a beginning? What changes when we view our career path as a series of beginnings? Rather than coming to an end, we go from beginning to beginning?

In a bygone era, the paradigm of ‘a job for life’ dominated our thinking about our career path. In a funny way, it still can. In the 21st century, however, many people choose to change jobs every two years. Many people are ‘gig’ workers – taking a series of contracts. People begin again in a new role in the same company. Or a similar role in a different company. People in late-career choose not to end working. They begin a consulting role, a board position, a volunteering role or an advisory role.

Our participants’ beginning experiences

As career and mature-age transition specialists, we are privileged to connect with so many people from all ages and all stages as they transition from beginning to beginning. We meet the corporate communications specialist who creates a beginning with one of the world’s largest news services. We meet the sixty-year-old waste-water engineer who begins to work in a flexible, three-day consulting role. We meet the government employee who begins a whole new approach to seeking her next role. We meet the office worker who negotiates a better salary to begin her new role. We meet the accountant who begins a portfolio of not-for-profit board positions.

Here’s how our participants talk about their transition at Sageco – a RiseSmart company –

Having a transition coach really helped me identify my strengths, what I wanted in my next role, and how to work towards my career goals. Cath helped me articulate the skills and experience I have into my Resume and cover letter which was reflected by the interviews I was invited to attend. Professional Service Firm participant

It’s been 18 years since I had to consider looking for a new job and it was very beneficial attending the coaching and various workshops. I learned so much about the modern approaches and strategies around seeking employment. Not for Profit Sector participant

The program had a direct impact on successfully obtaining a new role and I expect in negotiating future roles. Interview technique in particular and being able to practice that directly with the consultant. Financial Services participant.

This program gave me a life focus, not just on my career. The workshop came at a perfect time for me as I was on the cusp of some big life changes but a little nervous and unsure of the next steps. Engineering participant.

There is no doubt that the labour market has changed. The dynamics of the workforce are undergoing a monumental shift. Employment through fixed term contracts, gig work, freelancing and consulting means that transition has become an increasingly natural part of today’s work environment.  It’s not just people experiencing redundancy or transitioning to retirement who need transition support. Organisations need to embrace transition as a new way to succeed. A new way to begin.

RiseSmart is in the business of beginnings. We don’t source jobs, we create careers. We make new beginnings possible and faster with our innovative technology platforms.  We tailor our services and connect people to provide a personalised experience. We have holistic conversations because it’s not just about a job, it’s about the future. When we frame our career in the context of ‘beginning’ we quickly become open to a whole new world of opportunity.

Find out more about our beginning to beginning solutions.

By | 2018-02-24T06:17:18+00:00 July 19th, 2017|Uncategorized, Career transition|0 Comments

About the Author:

Catriona is the Creative Director of RiseSmart Australia and New Zealand.