The Myths of Career Transition

  • Only people who have been fired are in career transition.
  • If potential employers find out I am in transition, they won’t hire me.
  • Only losers who are in transition go to networking group meetings with others who are out-of-work.
  • When you’re in transition, the possibility of reemployment at your previous comp level is nonexistent.

The Realities of Career Transition

It doesn’t matter if you have been fired, laid-off, downsized, retired, let go or you voluntarily left your employer – or you are in ‘Fat City’ and you have an outstanding career with a growing Fortune 100 company.

Read my lips: we are all, right now, in career transition.

  • If nothing is happening in your career right now – you are in transition.
  • If you are in a corporate role with a bright future – you are in transition.
  • If you work for a non-profit and serving others is your passion – you are in transition.
  • If you are an entrepreneur or you own a business – you are in transition.
  • If you are a school teacher, plumber, machinist, administrative assistant, sales professional, supervisor, manager, director, vice president, general manager or CEO – you are in transition.

What does this mean?

Transition isn’t an event (e.g., job loss or you leave your day job in order to start a business); it is a process.

Currently working, not working – it doesn’t matter.  If you don’t see your current career state as ‘in transition’ – you are setting yourself up for a rude awakening and maybe a huge fall.

Do you know:

  1. A 2010 Bureau of Labor Statistics report that looked at the number of times people changed jobs (job changes that occurred between the ages of 18 and 44 for those born from 1957-1964, a segment defined as “young baby boomers”), showed that those people changed jobs, on average, 11 times.
  2. A National Longitudinal Survey estimates young baby boomers (born between 1957 – 1964) experienced an average of 5.2 spells of unemployment from age 18 to age 44.
  3. “Men and women hold an average of about 14 jobs by the time they turn 40. The majority of these jobs are at the beginning of their working lives – when they are teenagers and in their early twenties. Job longevity tends to lengthen as the employee ages. However, longevity does not always mean that the employee is happy with their job.”
  4. Between 2010 and 2020, people 55 and older are projected to be the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. labor force.

Remember, whether you know it or not – you are always in career transition.

A question for you to consider:

  • Do you need a plan for your career transition?  If your answer is yes, please contact me at:


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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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2 Responses to Whether You Know It Or Not – You Are Always In Career Transition

  1. Kimberly Siméus says:

    Christine is THE career coach to work with on your career transition plan. She has been a wonderful support system for me for the past 8 years. I can personally attest to the need to be proactive about your career transition plan. Just do it!

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