Transitions

Four Things to Consider Before Making a Career Transition

Caroline DeMarcoBy Caroline R. De Marco, Vice President, Regional Accounts, Managed Markets & Government Affairs, GlaxoSmithKline

So, you think you’re ready for a career change? I’ve been there. I understand. I think changing careers can be a wonderful move and I know from experience that taking that leap of faith can change your life for the better. But before you jump, consider the following:
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Free Teleclass | Make Your Next Move with Confidence

Jenny BlakeMake Your Next Move with Confidence
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
1:00-1:30pm Eastern

Eventbrite - Make Your Next Move with Confidence (Free Teleclass with Jenny Blake)
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More Magazine’s Lesley Jane Seymour on Success and Second Acts

Lesley Jane SeymourIf anyone knows about self-reinvention, it’s Lesley Jane Seymour. The topic was at the core of More, the magazine she helmed for eight years before it closed last February, and the former editor-in-chief published hundreds, if not thousands, of articles offering advice and inspiration to women contemplating their second acts. Read More

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When Bad Bosses Happen to Good People

A bad boss.If you’ve never had a bad boss, you must have spent your career…self-employed! Unfortunately, managers who are incompetent or otherwise awful are a fact of working life. Indeed, a whopping 568 of you responded to our call for bad boss stories and the lessons you learned from the experience. Read these cringe-worthy tales—and commiserate.
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Career Moves: Ask These Two Questions Before You Leap

Sara-DiVelloUnfortunately, you don’t have to love your job to be good at it. Sara DiVello had gone into public relations thinking she could make a living and write, her true passion. “At first, I got caught up in the cool factor of working at a big company, in the fancy skyscraper—I felt like I was Melanie Griffith in Working Girl! But as I advanced up the ranks, I got lost in the busy-ness and daily pressures of the job,” says the former PR executive at a Fortune 500 company. Read More

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Six Steps to More Effective Decision-Making

Alison YoungBy Alison Young, Executive Director, Drexel University’s Institute for Strategic Leadership at LeBow College of Business

In our complex, fast-paced, data-deluged world, making effective decisions in a timely manner can be a real challenge. It’s an important leadership skill though, and decision science majors are on the rise at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business. “Data—in the form of numbers, text, audio, video and social media—helps us make better decisions,” says Murugan Anandarajan, professor of management and decision sciences at Lebow. “We use this data to model the problem, then based on this model, we collect the relevant information, apply it to the model and make the best decision for you. This is the focus of the decision sciences.” Read More

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How to Know When You’ve Outgrown Your Job and Other Lessons Learned on the Way to the C-Suite

anne-marie slaughterSenior advisors to Cabinet members aren’t usually known for causing big stirs, but that’s exactly what happened when, in 2011, Anne-Marie Slaughter left her dream job as director of policy planning at the State Department and returned to an academic career that gave her more time for her family. Slaughter wrote about her decision in an essay that got people talking, “Why Women Can’t Have It All,” and now president and CEO of think-tank New America, she continues the conversation in her new book, Unfinished Business. She took some time out of her schedule to share with us the life and work lessons she has learned along her path. Read More

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The Right Way to Jump Career Tracks

Jessica BacalWhether you just started a career or are three promotions into it, chances are you will be doing something different when you reach retirement age. “Career paths aren’t what they were for our grandparents and parents who climbed the ladder at one company or in one field,” says Jessica Bacal, director of the Wurtele Center for Work and Life at Smith College and author of Mistakes I Made at Work: 25 Influential Women Reflect on What They Got Out of Getting It Wrong. “Things are changing so fast now because of technology, that often, all you can do is build skills and follow your interests.” Make your next move smoothly with her advice. Read More

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4-Week Training Plan for Taking a Leap of Faith

Loder, VanessaIf you want a bigger job but haven’t gone after it, or you dream of doing something entirely different but have stayed put, you’re not a coward. You’re only human. Fear is a protective mechanism, and whether it’s a fear of lions or the fear of failure, “it can feel so real we think we’re going to die,” says Vanessa Loder, a former investment banker who is now an executive coach, founder and CEO of Akoya Power and co-founder of Mindfulness Based Achievement. Here’s how to free yourself from the fear that’s holding you back from jumping, leapfrogging or otherwise bounding after your dreams. Read More

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Is Working at a Nonprofit for You?

Ritu Sharma sqAs 2014 winds down and we all marvel at how quickly the year passed, thoughts about our contributions to the world and humanity inevitably come up. For some of us, these thoughts are passing wishes, but for some they’re deep career regrets.

Whether you are just daydreaming about greener pastures or seriously contemplating a leap over the proverbial fence, here’s what you need to know about the nonprofit sector, from Ritu Sharma, founding president of Women Thrive Worldwide and author of Teach a Woman to Fish: Overcoming Poverty Around the World. Read More

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