Change is good. It provides an opportunity to grow personally and professionally, and allows us to expand on our skills and experiences. When big change occurs, it’s important to focus on the overall picture and remember to live in the present. Whether you are changing jobs or going back to school, here are five tips to help you transition easily.
- Stay present. While going through a change, it can be difficult to remain in the moment. Plan and prepare for your transition on your own time while continuing to be present in your current role. Continue to produce high quality work even though the end may be in sight.
- Communicate. Let your office know as far in advance as possible about your departure. The sooner, the better. The ideal situation would be to provide a plan for transition while giving notice. Sometimes there may be tension or conflict that comes with leaving an organization. Remember that you can only control your own actions: be professional, reliable and up-front.
- Maintain relationships. Undoubtedly, you have formed relationships at your organization. Be sure to maintain these relationships throughout your transition. You never know when you will run into these people again – offer to be a resource, reference and be sure to get personal emails or to connect on LinkedIn.
- Practice self-care. Change leads to stress that can sometimes feel overwhelming. Remember to take time for yourself. Think about the signs you show when you feel stressed – do you sleep more or less? Eat more or less? Feel sick or tired? Take note of these signals and listen to your body. Maintain your routine while exercising, sleeping well and eating healthy – this will make your transition easier to manage.
- Provide continuity. Make the transition easier for the person who takes over your work. Write down processes and key contacts that will reduce the learning curve. Think back to when you first started your role – what information would have made your transition easier? If you are able to train your colleagues before your departure, offer this to your supervisor.
Although change can seem daunting, it has the ability to provide an immense amount of growth and opportunity. Regardless of the reason for your transition, focus on the skills you have gained and experiences you have had in your current role. Show gratitude for the opportunity and stay connected with those in your network.