An article in this month’s National Career Development Association’s (NCDA) magazine started with the following paragraph:
“According to the naturalist Milton Olsen, birds fly in V-formation on their migrations because each bird flapping its wings creates an uplift for the bird behind it, and by flying in V-shape the whole flock gets over 70% better mileage than if each bird flew solo.”
Written by Gregg Levoy, the article talks about the power of group support during career transition – and I believe it couldn’t speak more specifically to LINC’s mission.
As a certified career coach with a recruiting and hiring background, I see many people who are navigating career transition in isolation, without the community support that is inherent in LINC’s model.
In my practice, I talk with clients about career transition being a blend of two important kinds of work. The inner work and the outer work.
The outer work is a combination of strategies and tactics that help you create a robust job search. Things like:
The inner work is the emotional stuff and the career self-awareness stuff – understanding your strengths, values, natural behavioral style, motivators, etc. The inner work is also the processing of the upheaval that a relocation can mean to a partner and family.
The inner work informs the outer work, so how can you use the power of the LINC community to support the inner part of your career transition?
Birds show us that power and purpose can be found in groups. Having Sue, LINC’s Partner Career Services Manager, is the beginning of your career support system. Getting better mileage together as part of the LINC community, and connecting with others in the same boat, can help make your job search more of a sprint than a marathon.
Barbara Berger is a certified career coach and career transition specialist in the Lehigh Valley who helps clients across the country to improve their overall sense of wellbeing through career wellness.
— Barbara Berger
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