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  • Managing your transitionSeptember 2015

  • Managing your transition

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    IntentTaking control of your future and charting a course to help you transition to the next stage of your career.Recognise a starting pointConsider the challenges ahead and the need for a positive response to changeRecognise your starting pointOutline the resources availableStart mapping your way forward

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    Next stepsAgendaPurposeYour starting pointWhat should you expect?What resources do you have available?

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    Your starting pointMassive change, especially change that directly impacts us, our family and our friends can be very confrontingLosing or changing job can be a significant cause of fear, anguish and even anger. It rates up along side losing a member of your family or being seriously injuredIt is not helpful to make light of the situation rather it needs to be faced head onIt is important to discuss your situation and your feelings with family, friends, colleagues and other supporters so you can marshal the resources to move forward. There can be many big decisions to be made and these are best not shouldered aloneSometimes there is also a need for professional support for you or your family members

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    What to expectSHOCKDENIALANGERRESISTANCE /NEGOTIATE SADNESSACCEPTANCEMOVING ONExperience shows that when faced with bad news people need to process it. Individuals will take different periods of time to do this processing. Most people need to work through the following stages.Whilst many people process bad news in this order depending on their circumstances and resources they may jump to any of these responses and as time goes on move back and forth between them. Different people show different behaviours in each of these stages.

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    What should I expect?A range of emotional responses are normal in these circumstances. Individuals and groups may experience shock, denial, anger, fear, remorse, frustration, lack of care or concentration, anxiety, emotional highs and lows.You will move through this process at your own rate. It is unhelpful to tell people how to feel or to just get over it. Different people deal with things differently.However inevitably we realise What has happened has happened.Once we reach this point then the question becomes Where to from here?

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    In any set of circumstances your choices will impact the outcomeA little formula may help you focus: Situation X Response = OutcomeIf you choose to do nothing you get nowhere (in fact you may go backwards)If you react negatively usually you will drive a negative outcomes for yourself and / or others including family and friendsIf you choose to react positively you may be able to drive a positive outcomeYour decision matters

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    The best responseTHE BEST RESPONSE IS TO:Acknowledge what has happened and how you feelTell people what has happened so they can support youTell people how you feel so they arent guessing or walking on egg shells Commit to taking control of what you can and commit to moving forwardLook for resources who can help you deal with how you feel now and how you can move forwardRecognise and celebrate milestones in your emotional state and in your transition process talking with otherscollecting resourcesgaining skillsapplying for rolesobtaining an interviewgetting a job

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    Marshalling your personal resourcesWhen you first receive the news of the change it may feel like all your energy and resources are draining away like fuel from a tankWe need to refill the tank boosting your self esteemStart by reviewing your strengths (physical, mental and spiritual), your skills and experience you have. Remind yourself of your capabilities and talents. Write them downThink about the support network you have. Consider your family, friends, manager, work colleagues and other networks who can support youConsider / investigate the other resources that you can access that will help you go forwardThe tank will not then be empty and you can find the energy to move forward

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    Reframing the problem as an opportunityWhen circumstances are difficult it is often hard to see anything other than problemsWhen you get into this situation there is a need to take a step back and look at the situation from a new perspectiveEven something like a lost job can become an opportunity for a career change, a holiday or a change in location or lifestyleThe skill is called reframingInstead of focussing on the negative the challenge is to ask Whats now possibleYou are now starting to create a positive picture of the futureIt in no way diminishes the seriousness of the circumstances yet it provides some new possibilities and directions to explore. We then ask What resources / help do I need to make this possible? and Am I up for this?

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    Daily disciplineIn order to move forward and achieve an effective transition requires disciplined effort every dayYou can expect days of high energy and enthusiasm and other days of frustration and disappointmentAs such you need to keep a positive self image and have a clear focus on the objective you have setKeep using the support and resources at hand to keep going until the objective is achievedIf you are starting to feel discouraged talk to your supporters and if necessary seek professional assistance

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    Resume Writing Skills and AssistanceWhat company resources are available?Management and HR SupportProfessional CounselingWhat should we expect?Interview Skills Training and Support