There is no dictionary definition of ‘Career Transition’ as a term – but to us, it describes a modern, proactive, holistic approach to supporting people when they are impacted by organisational change of life events, at various critical stages throughout their career. This timely and relevant support enables the individual to successfully navigate any challenges and the organisation to maintain the performance and engagement of employees.
Career Transition is often used solely to describe Outplacement support for those experiencing job loss, usually through redundancy. Outplacement support is targeted and very specific support designed to help people navigate their way through a range of potential options at a time when they have been impacted by – usually unexpected – job loss. This support is extremely valuable to those who receive it.
However Best Practice Career Transition is a customised approach to supporting individuals at many stages throughout their career and may include:
- During Redeployment
- When they need to make a critical career or life decision
- Coping with additional stress and building resiliency
- Navigating change within the organisation
- Re-engaging teams after change
It should be noted that this is not entirely driven by the organisation; to be fully effective people should be guided to develop the skills that enable them to take ownership for their own career planning and decisions.
A small investment in helping people to develop these skills can ensure that, over the long term, employers benefit from a workforce that is adaptable, resilient and confident in their employability and so better equipped to cope with role, organisational or personal change.
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