The Pros & Cons of Career Transformation

On March 13, 2013, in Blog, Career Transformation, by Christine Glasco


  • You establish an aggressive development plan or set your sights on a never before achieved career breakthrough.
  • Maybe you decide on participating in an accelerated advanced degree or a coveted certificate program relevant to your field.
  • Possibly you have taken steps to move to a non-traditional field or an organization that meets your strict triple bottom line (3BL) criteria.
  • After much consideration you want to leave the corporate rat race and become an entrepreneur.
  • You choose to transition into a ‘Portfolio’ career: an intricately designed collection of roles that allows for flexibility and taps into your passions.

Q:  Why won’t friends, family, co-workers, bosses, accept that you need to change and/or allow you to change?

A:  The status quo makes sense for them and in lots of ways – reinforces their view of the world. The status quo is perceived by significant others as: known, predictable and safe. The changes you are contemplating have far-reaching reverberations that may impact the family, friendships, your socioeconomic standing or your current work situation.

I write a lot on the topics of re-branding, reinvention, renewing, transformation, career transition. I haven’t written on the forces that might impede transformation.

If you are considering the pros and cons of making major career changes or a executing a complete transformation, here are some positive and opposing issues (forces) that you might consider.

 Force-Field Analysis


Whatever you decide – to go forward with your career transformation or not – understand that you are moving through unchartered waters.  Seek the counsel of others who have made a similar journey or be on the lookout for a savvy career coach.  I might just know a coach that would fit the bill!


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Christine M. Glasco, Career Coach – consults to company executives, business owners and non-profit leaders on career management, career transition and strategic leadership development solutions.  To request a complimentary copy of Five Tips to Transform Your Executive Career  and to receive Who Needs a One Page Career Plan? You Do!   Website:   Email:  Phone:  1.940.367.0837

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