Managing Career Changes

Have you recently changed jobs or looking to do so in the near future?

At Transition Solutions, we have been helping companies and individuals with workforce changes for 30 years.

Whether you are currently in transition between roles or looking to make a career change, moving from one job to another is an external event – a change – that can be challenging. And many do change jobs fairly frequently for various reasons. In fact, per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median number of years that wage and salary workers had been with their current employer was 4.1 years in January 2020, little changed from 4.2 years in January 2018.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also shared the tenure differences by age as follows, “The median employee tenure was generally higher among older workers than younger ones. For example, the median tenure of workers ages 55 to 64 (9.9 years) was more than three times that of workers ages 25 to 34 years (2.8 years). Also, a larger proportion of older workers than younger workers had 10 years or more of tenure. For example, among workers ages 60 to 64, 54 percent had been employed for at least 10 years with their current employer in January 2020, compared with 10 percent of those ages 30 to 34.”

At Transition Solutions, we know that career transitions due to job loss is the third most stressful event an individual can experience behind the death of a loved one and divorce. Change is hard for most people and we coach our clients it may be helpful to identify with the common reactions and feelings people may have as they move from the end of one job to the beginning of another. Below are some of the common reactions people may experience and actions they can take during each phase.

Job Loss: The most important step for you to take right now is to slow down, get in touch with how you are reacting to the change and begin to plan your job search.

Some actions to take:

• Get your financial house in order
• Take a break
• Set up an organizational system

Holding Pattern: When you start to let go of your old job you will be ready to look at new possibilities.

You may not have reached acceptance yet but you are able to move forward.

Some actions to take:

• Identify your skills, accomplishments, values and interests
• Research options and network
• Develop marketing material

New Beginnings: You are ready to interview and sell yourself for that new opportunity.

Some actions to take:

• Interview
• Negotiate
• Celebrate your success! Whether you are in between roles or looking to leave your current job, C.S. Lewis inspired change in his famous quote, “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

At Transition Solutions, we have been helping companies and individuals with workforce changes for thirty years. Our strong reputation for consistently delivering exceptional service at value sets us apart. If you would like more information on our services please check out our website at or you can contact us directly at 888-424-0003 or email us at