CAREER KALEIDO-CONNECTOR Webinar # 5 Shifting Gears

Keeping Your Career
on Track in a Down
Economy … and
Webinar # 4
“Shifting Gears Across the
The Alumnae Association
of Smith College
Career Webinar Series
Copyright by Barbara Reinhold, Ed.D.
What do you mean I have to
do this career thing again?
• Oh yes, again and
again and again
• Even your “rewirements” and
retirement(s) need
• The time to perfect
the strategies of the
OUTSIDE searching
is NOW
It’s kaleidoscopic…
• Both you and the
environment have
• It’s not the same you,
and it’s not the same
world since you made
your last career
move—even if that was
just last month
We also talked about fillers
and drainers in prior sessions
• Taking the measurement
of yours—and comparing
them to what you’re
experiencing at work—is
an essential self-care
• If you missed those, you
can get the PowerPoints
and the audio on the
Alumnae website under
Career Blogs
Here’s an easy way to test the
goodness of fit for your current
work, and pin-point the
problem areas:
• Take the free
Audit on my
It’s never too early and it’s
never to late:
• To believe in yourself
• To be committed to having what you
really want in your life
• To be willing to challenge “common
wisdom” in order to be who you
really are now—and manifest that
in your working life
For shifting gears at any
point in your life, you need
to master the shift moves
• S- Strategic thinking
• H - Heart
• I - Imagination
• F - Faith
• T - Technology
• What’s happening with the economy, with
my industry or field, and with your
personal life now that creates
opportunities and/or threats?
• What needs to be done now, in order not
to miss the moment?
• Remember John Naisbett (Megatrends):
“Trends are like horses, they’re easier to
ride in the direction they’re already going.”
• Whatever is next absolutely has to be
something you believe in
• You have to be joyful just thinking about
it. Give yourself the smile test (are you
smiling right now as you think about a
next move or not?)
• The ideas have to start in your emotional,
creative right brain and then be passed
over to your analytical left brain for
fine-tuning and implementation
• Let yourself run wild (like those
horses):what have you dreamed of
and not dared to do?
• What hunches are you hiding inside
• Make some pictures of the future in
your head with you in them—what’s
happening there?
• If you don’t really believe it can
happen, it won’t!
• Your next moves must align with
your major values and life goals
• Make a careful assessment of how
dear this project or mission is to
your heart—and why
• Depending on your age, this is either
good news or bad news
• Choose whatever learning resources
fit your style and get more
technical skills
• You’re going to need them to find the
people and information you’ll need,
and to put together the presentation
materials to get on their radar screen
Go back to the SHIFT :
Think about one of your wild ideas:
on a scale of 1-5(high), how prepared
are you to use these 5 elements to
explore that dream?
Strategic planning
Where can you find a
helping hand?
• What were your
lowest scores?
• Who could be a
peer coach for you
in this arena?
A word about having the
audacity to change your work
later in life:
• Hell no—we’re just getting
• Older workers are excellent
communicators with a strong
work ethic and the good
judgment employers need
• If they’re over 65, an employer
can save on benefits
• They’re also perfect free agents
The only trick is this:
• You have to make
the case for
• Nobody is going to
come looking for
What’s coming next in this
world of continual shifts?
• Most new businesses will be
started by women and
minorities; why not you?
• Most work will happen in
small businesses
• The line between for-profit
and non-profit organizations
will get blurrier
• Most real progress will happen
in public/ private partnerships
And what else?
• People will work way beyond traditional
retirement age—they need the money and
it’s the healthy thing to do
• Most people will be “free agents” in one
way or another before they stop working
• Sabbaticals, stop-outs and lateral shifts
will be expected in a life-long career,
usually with very positive results
• Benefits will be handled differently so as
to allow free movement into, out of, and
around in the workforce
• Already women-owned businesses employ
more people than the Fortune 500
• Biology is the science of the 21st century—
you’ll be using brain science to coach and
manage people effectively, including
• Millennials and Gen Xers won’t work the
way their parents and grandparents did—
healthier, flexible, family-friendly
workplaces will become the norm
Myth-buster questions:
• Do I need another
degree to change fields?
• My husband and my
dad, both bankers, have
told me never to accept
a lateral move—it’s
either up or out
More myth-busters:
• You always need to use your boss for
your primary reference, no matter
what your relationship has been like
• Never talk about being laid off or
• If you’re over 50, don’t even think of
changing fields; no one will want you
So what’s your plan for getting
to where you want to be next?
• Write down, preferably in a
Career Log, at least one,
preferably two, of the next steps
you might consider
• For each one, list several
resources (both people and data
sources) where you can research
these options in detail
• As often as you can, record the
steps you take and your
How can Smith help each time
you’re ready for a shift?
• Alumnae Association online career
resources (
• Career Development Office web site
• Alumnae Association online career
networking and career coach
One final factoid for
Smithies to consider:
• According to a landmark
UCLA study, women are
healthier and more
successful than their male
counterparts in stressful
situations because of their
hormone-based impulses to
bond, share with and help
others. In tough times, it’s
easier to reach your goals
as a woman (Laura Cousins
Klein, Ph.D.)
Remember biblio-coaching
when you need some good
ideas for next steps:
• Sarah Susanka: The Not So
Big Life
• David Rock: Quiet Leadership
• Tom Rath: Strengths Finder
• John Medina: Brain Rules:12
Principles for Surviving and
Thriving at Work, Home and
Questions & Answers
• And now let’s hear
from you with
questions for me,
and suggestions for
other callers
Thanks so much for
attending webinar #4, the
final one in this series!
• Please remember to send other
questions as well as information for
each other to us on the blog
• The blog will be active until May 26—
and we’ll let you know what will
happen after that

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