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Part 2: Introduction > Preparing for Change

Chapter 5. Preparing for Change

This chapter will help you manage change in your work life by enabling you to finesse the transition from the old professional niche to a new one. When you understand the characteristics of transitions and how to move successfully from point A to point B, you can integrate changes into your career goals and plans and retain control of your professional life.

As in any other career field, over your working lifetime you can expect to experience at least two major career movements or professional shifts and several minor ones. Some of the changes or shifts are typical adult experiences (promotions); others result from your planning (career mobility) or from circumstances beyond your control (reorganization). Change often results in uneasy feelings, even if the change is one you’ve initiated or believe is positive. Movements and shifts alter established professional role, routines, and responsibilities and can affect home and personal life as well. The future is a blank space and you’re not yet sure about the shape it will assume or the direction it will take. You ask yourself, Will I like the change? Will this shift work? How will I know what to do? Did I make the right decision? Will I succeed?


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