While the “common denominator” for career transitions is a need for change, a transition means different things to different people.
- Permanently or temporarily leaving or re-entering the workforce
- Exploring and taking steps toward a new profession or professional identity, often driven by the need to “listen’ to different work/career values
- Re-structuring one’s “work” landscape to support unique career/job goals (e.g. multi-career approach ) or needs (e.g. balance)
- Changing career paths within an organization
Successful career transitions also depend on the leveraging self-awareness, important behavioral attributes, as well as strategic and tactical skills.
Mimi Darmstadter’s approach to career transition coaching addresses these issues with an understanding and appreciation for each client’s unique coaching goals.
- Self-Awareness: The client’s self-defined reason for a career change, a clear sense of his/her vision, values, and skills/strengths that support the change, and the identification of alternative work/career options. Mimi’s certification in numerous assessments supports the client’s ability to give new or louder voice to his/her career identity.
- Behavioral Attributes: The client’s capacity to be patient, take risks, demonstrate courage, convey confidence, exhibit tenacity, and be “ok” in the grey. Mimi’s coaching approach addresses these issues early in the engagement to reduce the client’s potential for self- or process-sabotage.
- Strategic Skills: The client’s blueprint for making the change (e.g. messaging, timing, planning).
- Tactical Skills: The client’s collateral (e.g. resume, elevator speech, on line presence), capacity for building networks and outreach, interviewing, and negotiation and decision-making skills.
Regardless of the client’s unique goals, Mimi’s ultimate success metric is that each experiences new levels of self-defined professional success and/or satisfaction. Nothing excites her more than bearing witness to people who love and experience competence and confidence in what they do!