How to Make a Mid-Career Change

Are you struggling to make a mid-career change? If so, jettison the traditional "plan and implement" approach, whereby you assess your interests, skills, and experience; identify appropriate jobs; consult others; and take the plunge. This approach mires you in introspection as you search for your "one true self."

Instead, use the "test and learn" method: Put *several* working identities into practice, refining them until they're sufficiently grounded in experience to inspire more decisive steps. To use this approach, play with new professional roles on a limited but tangible scale. For example, try freelance assignments, pro bono work, or moonlighting during sabbaticals or extended vacations.

Today's Management Tip of the Day was adapted from the HBR article, "How to Stay Stuck in the Wrong Career," by Herminia Ibarra.

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  August 8, 2008; 8:00 AM ET  | Category:  Management Tip of the Day
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