Career Transition Planning

Whether you’re transitioning from the public sector to the private sector after a successful government career or are transitioning from one specialty area to another with the private sector, career transitioning is an important step that warrants careful consideration, planning and industry research significantly in advance of the actual professional event. At Professional Development Strategies, we have experience helping individuals (government and private sector) successfully navigate the challenging transition period, creating a positive professional experience and career direction.

Job Transition Considerations

Recently an individual contacted me looking for some assistance in making a job/career change. Despite having experienced quite a bit of professional success with their current employer, they described being frustrated and locked in a “dead end” job with no potential for upward growth or movement in … [Read more...]

The Top Ten Steps To Ensure Success When Transitioning To The Private Sector

I’ve spent my entire career working exclusively in the private sector. Throughout that time, I’ve interacted with thousands of federal agents, detectives and police officers from around the globe. Routinely, I talk to many people in law enforcement who are planning on retiring and express interest … [Read more...]

Burning Professional Bridges – Doesn’t matter or Don’t do it?

We’ve all heard the expression “don’t burn professional bridges.” Professional Development Strategies personally agrees that burning professional bridges is a bad idea but to our surprise apparently not everyone thinks it’s as true as it used to be. A while ago, I was looking at a discussion about … [Read more...]

30-60-90 Day Professional Development Planning: Your Approach to Career Success

The other day a professional associate and I were talking about career change and I suggested putting together a 30-60-90 day professional growth plan. I was asked to do this as part of a management assignment during grad school and it was a great exercise. While the initial assignment was to put … [Read more...]

Career Transitions: Vision, Planning and Timing Are Key!

This morning an article ("The MBA Job Search: Plan B") popped into my inbox from Bloomberg Business Week. The article focuses on job hunting post MBA grad school and on the surface professionals transitioning either from the government to the private sector, or within the private sector, might … [Read more...]