The 3 Types of Career Transitions

growth, innovation, strategy


When you go through a career transition, you’ll have to face change, and change is hard. That process can last months or even years; you have to be ready to go through the emotional journey of finding or building your career path again. We found that it’s useful to think of your life as a chess game and all the steps you have to think about.  

Nowadays, there are many attempts to commoditize the role of a career consultant through apps or other impersonal services. They attempt to give advice for resume writing, portfolio building 101, or how to land an interview – but planning your career is not as simple as reading a “How to…” guide. It takes a great amount of nuanced, strategical, design thinking to address an issue as grand as restructuring an entire professional career. To kick-start this, we've designed a fun questionnaire to help you see where you are so you can take that first step towards crafting a strategy specific to your needs. Click the button below to find out where you are and what you should be doing to reach Career Success!

TAKE THE TESTWhen people come to us for career advice, they often do so because they don't know where to start, can’t seem to find their next job opportunity, need help with framing their resume and portfolio, or just want to find their spot within the industry. However, there are steps that need to be taken before coming to a decision about any of these things. In fact, making a hasty decision about any one of these things before proper research and consideration can lead you even further in the wrong direction and further aggravate the issue.In my 20+ years of experience in the design strategy industry, I’ve met talent who felt compelled to go in a certain direction, no matter what advice was given, and returned years later to find that it was too late. One freelancer we spoke with came to us after a fruitless seven-year attempt to transition from advertising to service design. Although she knew that her heart wasn't in advertising, she continued to take on branding projects to pay the bills, against her better judgment and the well-intentioned advice of several colleagues. When she had finally had enough of advertising, she thought the switch to service design would be painless – but it was the exact opposite. She found herself deeply confused about where to start and quickly losing traction in her desired market, all because of her poorly informed decision-making.

We never want people to reach that point in their careers, which is why we've made it our mission to empower creatives like you to look inward and not only survive the flawed job market system as it exists today but also to transform to reach your highest potential. There are too many unsung heroes in design and we need to change this. Some transitions are incremental, but some are massive pivots from one industry to another. There’s an entire process to building a successful career strategy, and the first step is to identify the transition phase you're at. 

At YehID, we see career transitions in a more holistic way. Through our Thrive By Design program, we help you develop a successful career path strategy to reach your goals. Schedule a Strategy Call and start building your path to success!

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