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 Success through adversity
 
Emerging from the Pandemic Transformed
 
We are in unprecedented times. Globally we are seeing the largest GPD downturns since it has
been measured. We are more connected, yet isolated, than we have ever been. We are seeing a
virus rampaging across the world. However, with all this going on we have the opportunity for
transformation. If we seize this opportunity, we can emerge from this better than when we
were when it started. The way we do this is by retooling ourselves. I have had the opportunity
to switch career directions four times now. Some of these switches have been planned and
some have been imposed upon me. But, regardless of the circumstances, each change has
expanded my skill set and experiences.
My initial degree played a significant role in my first job but, in subsequent opportunities, what
it showed potential employers was that I could learn, problem solve, and be trained. If you are
looking at a job in a different field remember, your degree does not define your career path. It is
what you choose to learn after the degree that determines where you will go. After my first job I
found my employers were mainly interested in my experience and how quickly I could learn new
skills on the job. I was able to prove this through progressing into different positions,
certifications, classes, and projects. When I first started, I floundered a bit, but I learned to use
LinkedIn as a tool which helped out immensely. I sought out people that were in roles that I
found interesting and took note of the classes they took, and the certifications held. When using
this information to develop my course of action and my development plan I would reach out to
these individuals and my network for input on what classes and certifications would be most
useful and worth the investment. Sometimes the decision was driven by cost and time available
and I would start with a class I knew I could complete. I found it useful when looking at people
on LinkedIn to not only look at those who are well established in their careers, but also those
that are up and coming, so that I could get a mix of the new skills and the established skills that
are valuable. A good and recent example of that is in the project management field. If you
examined someone who has a well-established career in the project management field, you
would most likely find a PMP certificate. However, if you looked at someone just starting out,
you would likely find an Agile or Scrum certificate to reflect the current trends. This is not to say
that the PMP certification is no longer valued but the combination of an Agile certification plus
the PMP is a powerful combination.
 
Remember, your most valuable resource in figuring out how to transition is the LinkedIn
network, the one you have and the one you can build. Do not be afraid to ask people questions,
people want to speak about themselves and their experiences, especially if you tell them by
doing so, they are helping you. Good luck in your transformation and remember any way I can
help you I will, just reach out.

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