5 Ways to Discover Which Career Transition is Right For You
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I recently hosted an amazing interview with my friend and mentor Lucas Chang, author of Leadership: It’s Not That Hard! and business consultant who has worked with top business leaders. He made a career transition from management consulting to entrepreneurship and I picked his brain so that you can learn how to figure out what’s right for your career, business, and life.

[Tweet “”Instead of thinking of what you ‘ought to do’, think of what you want to do.” @Lucas_Chang via @mymarketability”]

Here are his top five tips for discovering what type of career transition is right for you:

1. Think about what you want instead of what you don’t.

It’s easy for people to say what they don’t want. You don’t want long work hours, you don’t want to have to commute, you don’t want to do boring projects… but finding out what you want isn’t about thinking only about the don’ts. When you focus on what you do want out of your career and life, you’re forcing yourself to honestly consider what’s important to you and what you need to be happy as opposed to what you may be able to do without. This will make it easier to think about what type of career transition fits your goals best.

2. Acknowledge what matters to you, not anyone else. 

Even if it’s shallow, you have to acknowledge that you are a different person than everyone else and what matters to them might not matter at all to you. For example, if you value recognition as an expert over prestige in the form of a high salary, take note! This will and should influence all your future career transition decisions.

3. Think about the type of environment you would succeed in.

Check in with yourself and seriously consider your values and personality. If you’re thinking a career transition to management consulting is right for you but you value a healthy work life balance and a less competitive company culture, you could be making a serious mistake.

4. Seriously consider the risk vs reward of all your options.

Most of the time, we exaggerate risk in our heads. We think that if we leave our stable, 9-5 job and equally reliable salary, we’ll be on the streets and selling ourselves for money. That’s very rarely the case. Follow through some of the scenarios you fear most in your head and you may realize that the risk is actually much lower than you think it is. Knowing this will give you the freedom to consider a career transition seriously.

5. Recognize what’s best for you (even if it goes against everything you thought you wanted).

You are a product of your society, family, and friends. This means that their values and goals have left impressions on you that go deeper than you think. The influence they have on you may cause you to make decisions that aren’t right for you when it comes to making a career transition. It’s great that all of your friends are high-powered marketing directors, but if you think about your past experiences and conclude that that type of environment just doesn’t match with your personality, it’s up to you to be courageous enough to challenge the status quo.

Want to learn more about career transitions? Check out my interview with Lucas below! Let me know what you think in the comments section!


3:30 – Why Make the Switch from Corporate to Entrepreneurship?

16:30 – How to Know if a Career Transition is Right for You

17:50 – Tips to Discover What’s Next For Your Career

28:00 – Practical Ways to Find Out What Career Transition is Right for You

38:00 – How to Communicate Your Value Proposition to Networking and Business Partners

44:20 – Why You Should Get Clear on What You Want Before Accepting a New Opportunity

47:00 – How to Find the Right People to Talk to Generate New Opportunities

54:50 – How to Reach Out to Make Connections and Pitch Your Services


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Diana YK Chan

Diana YK Chan

Diana is a former Recruiter turned Career Coach, Speaker and Trainer at My Marketability. She helps ambitious professionals and executives design the next chapter of their life, navigate transformational changes, and land incredible opportunities with a higher income. She’s an expert at distinguishing people’s unique brand value, mastering their messages and networking with confidence to gain a competitive edge. She’s recognized by JobScan as one of the Top 10 Job Search Experts to follow on LinkedIn.