Ex-Googlers, Stanford professors, and startup CEOs share their best advice on making a career change
- Thinking about making a career change?
- Find out what these experts and executives have to say about quitting your job and searching for a new one.
- For example, don't change industry and function at the same time, and don't wait until you're doing bad work to leave your current role.
But making a career change doesn't have to be intimidating. Ask an expert who's done it (or counseled hundreds of people who've done it) and they'll tell you it's about breaking down the transition into bite-size pieces and never letting fear be your guide.
Below, we've listed practical tips on changing careers, from folks with a range of backgrounds. There's Julie Sweet, a partner at a law firm who became the CEO of Accenture North America; there's Paul Ollinger, an early Facebook employee turned comedian; and there are nine other founts of wisdom.Read on for the knowledge and inspiration you need to reshape your career trajectory.
SoFi VP and former Facebook exec Libby Leffler: Remember that the career ladder doesn't exist anymore
Marketing and strategy consultant Dorie Clark: It's never too late to transition careersAdvertisement
Early Facebook employee Paul Ollinger: Consider what you would do if you weren't afraid
Accenture North America CEO Julie Sweet: Your dreams should scare youAdvertisement
Career coach and ex-Googler Jenny Blake: Pivot careers cautiously
Executive coach Erica Keswin: Don't change industry and function at the same timeAdvertisement
Stanford professors Bill Burnett and Dave Evans: Conduct life design interviews before making any big changes
Gusto COO and ex-Googler Lexi Reese: Find the intersection of what you love, what you're good at, and where there's a needAdvertisement
Ex-Netflix exec Patty McCord: You should be doing something you love, you're skilled at, and your company needs
The Muse exec Toni Thompson: It's time to quit your job if you're doing bad work because you're so frustratedAdvertisement
WayUp CEO and ex-Googler Liz Wessel: When you're distracted by the prospect of your next step, it's probably time to move on
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