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Chapter 5. Preparing for Change > Career Movements and Professional Shifts

Career Movements and Professional Shifts

Career movements are generalized and common job activities experienced by most people in the workforce. These movements document the expansion, retreat, and direction of your work history. On the other hand, a professional shift is more specific and narrow in scope, experienced by some people in an occupation. Such shifts refocus how you use your specialized knowledge and expertise.

I’ve been in the HR/training field since 1990. I started as an HR assistant at a foam cup manufacturer. One year into the position, the plant manager asked me to attend Zenger-Miller certification training. I then facilitated Z-M classes in both English and Spanish. I enjoyed what I was doing so much that I continued to learn and grow in the field. I have been with Copely Newspapers for five years in the same capacity. However, when I started at the paper there wasn’t a formalized training function. I and the training function have continually been growing during these years.

—Diana Butler, training manager, Copely Newspapers, Plainfield, IL



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