Portrait of smiling African businessman collaborating with colleague planning career transition placing sticky notes on glass wall, copy space

More Resources

How a career transition coach can provide a career roadmap

In this article, How to follow your career transition coach's roadmap, we will cover

The best Career Transition Coach helps you map a career change like a GPS

Every jobseeker has a career transition roadmap they can follow. You have one too. It is like an internal GPS navigator, guiding you to the career you are meant for. 

Unfortunately, not everyone follows their career roadmap GPS!

So after years at the wrong job, they end up in the same place where they started, needing to transition again.

If you have the need to transition to a new job, or want to make a midlife career change at 40 or 50, you want to get it right this time.

As a Career Transition Coach, I can tell you a career switch should be approached carefully. You have to map out a smart career roadmap and keep a strong mindset to navigate through to it.

The best career transition coaching starts with a big picture approach

A good way to understand my career transition coaching approach is look at it like a GPS navigation app.

What are now known as GPS apps such as WAZE or MapQuest are based on digitizing what used to be hard copy paper roadmaps. 

The same GPS roadmap navigation concept can apply to your career transition. 

Of course, the GPS automatically plots these steps digitally for you, but for this job transitioning example, visualize yourself plotting out the steps yourself, using a paper map.

As you would with a paper roadmap, a GPS uses three steps to get you to your destination: 

  1. You must first locate where you are now on the map, what city and street

  2. Then you need to locate your specific destination city, then street, then street number

  3. Then you need to figure out the path how will you get there, what highways, roads and streets 

You may have a few other considerations:

  • Do you have enough gas to make it there or would you need to refuel? Where is a gas station, is it on the way?

  • Is there construction or delays on part of your route that you want to avoid?

  • Do you have enough time to get there before the doors close

We will now explore these three steps in terms of your career path.

How to follow your career transition roadmap using a three-step GPS process

Step one:
Locate where you are now in your career path

Your first step is to locate where you are now. (A GPS does this automatically of course.) 

Determine where you are now in your career path. It is your starting point 

  • What job position or situation are you at now?

  • What job or career experience, qualifications and skills do you have?

  • Importantly, you want to ask: How did you get to where you are now? Might you have limiting beliefs that are holding you back?

This free career decision making tool can help you look at how you got here.

Step Two:
Identify: "What is my career destination?"

Next, you want to figure out what your destination is. In what career role do you want to land? What job can you transition to where you can be the superstar?

  • What kind of work, pay, lifestyle environment do you want to have?

  • What needs aren’t being met at the current or previous job that you want to transition out of?

  • What crew of people do you want to work with and have as clients or customers?

This will require a career self assessment, to identify the career role where you can thrive.

Step Three:
Plot out the steps how to get to your career destination

The third step of your GPS roadmap requires that you and your career transition coach plot out the steps of how you will get to your destination:

  • What paths do you need to take to arrive? What sequence of events need to take place for you to land in the right career this time?

  • What job qualifications, experience, education, people, opportunities, luck or skills do you already have in place to power you there?

  • What career action plan will you need to put in place?

Following the 3 step GPS roadmap to your career path destination

Following the above common sense three steps is your safest bet to avoid making a mistake during your career transition.

The best way to get a handle on step one and two is with a valid career discovery self-assessment.

Along with career transition coaching, it can help you step back and assess where you are now in your career path, and pinpoint where you want to go.

There is one other element that career transition coaching can assist you: your mindset.

You may need to change your mindset as you transition, from your vulnerable, uncertain mental state of mind. 

How to change your mindset to best pursue your career path roadmap

Of course, you want the job search portion of the transition to be underway as quick as possible. You may be stressed, overworked, have bills to pay, or just want to get settled.

However you don’t want to miss the chance to do phase one and two right this time around.

That’s why I think the most overlooked phase of transitioning to a new career is the mindset transition aspect.

You can’t ignore what you are feeling, yet you can’t act out of desperation. You can’t be reactive. You have to keep your powder dry and be patient. You may have to change your mindset to do this.

You have to consider your mental state:

  • Are you wounded and need to recover or are you ready for a new direction?

  • Are you 100% ready to make a career move and just take the first job that is available?

  • Do you dislike your job but are interviewing for the same kind of job at another company?

These step one “where you are now” roadmap questions and how you are feeling need to be addressed on some kind of a mental and spiritual level. Otherwise you just end up in the wrong gig again.

Let’s quickly address how a career transition coach can help you with the mental aspects of your transition.

How career transition coaching can help you with the 3 mental aspects of your transition

To make a successful transition, there are 3 mental and spiritual aspects a career transition coach can help you to consider:

  1. You have to make peace with your past job choice so you can move on without baggage

  2. Then you can openly embrace the present to make the clearest career choices

  3. This clears the way to move on to your bright career destiny

Making peace with your past career choices

Yes, making peace with your past choices is easier said than done. But we are not talking about a psych evaluation here, all we are talking about is simple acceptance about how you ended up where you are now. It’s about being kind and forgiving to yourself so you can move on.

Openly embracing the present

Once you have accepted where you are at without anger or blame, successful career transition requires you to embrace the present.

This means gaining a clear grasp about what career is right for you, and being true to your capabilities. Your past career roles do not have to limit your options as to what your next roles can be.

Move on to your bright future career path

You naturally have uncertainty and trepidation about where you are, but once you make peace with it and embrace the present, you can look at the world in a peaceful way. Then you can maneuver yourself into a bright future career path – your Career Destiny.

girl with flower comtempating

Career transition coaching can help you map out a roadmap to your Career Destiny

To summarize, the whole point of the career transition coaching roadmap is a practical common sense approach to choosing a new career. You can’t just wing it with a gut feeling, or you can get lost on your journey.

You must plot a roadmap to define the career role you can thrive in.

Like a GPS you need to identify your career destination, and plot out the steps to navigate to it.

The beauty of this roadmap concept is once you are clear about your destination and are really, deeply mentally ready for it to happen, it can happen very quickly!

Did you enjoy this career transition roadmap approach concept?

To discover how to identify your career path destination, try my FREE career discovery and self assessment guide.

It will identify how to unlock your career destination and how to navigate to it quickly.

Unlock your Career Destiny today with my FREE Guide

In How to Unlock Your Career Destiny, I reveal the 5 secrets
that every job seeker must know to make a career change
to the job they will love for a lifetime.  
How to unlock your career destiny free report by Larry LaFata

Larry Lafata

Larry LaFata is founder of defineyourcareer.com, a site dedicated to help you discover your Career Destiny, regardless of your background, education or experience.

His innovative courses include Define Your Career Destiny one week home study course and a two-hour Career Destiny Workshop for Friends.

Avoid bad career advice about navigating your career transition

Sadly, advice on the topic of how to navigate a transition to a new career is very random and arbitrary, even from authoritative sources! 

If you are feeling vulnerable in this stage, you may grasp at solutions that aren’t a fit for you. 

A career transition coach’s job is to be frank about how transitioning to your career destination isn’t always a clear path.

But because job transitioning is one of the most difficult things you can do, you can’t leave it to chance. 

The wrong choices can land you back in the same old burnout job situation, or extend your transition from months into years. The right choices can guide you to your destiny.

So beware of unproven slapdash theories and advice while you are in a vulnerable stage of passage and evolution like you are now.

For examples of random theories and advice to be wary of:

  • Harvard Business Review thinks one way to career transition is being disruptive – which is not the best advice at this point! You need a level-headed methodical approach to an effort this important, not a ‘lets try anything from left field’ attitude

  • Psychology Today recommends to consider exploring your possibilities , however, I believe vagueness is your enemy when you are in a period of uncertainty and career succession. You need to focus in to a plan, not outward.

  • BalanceCareers.com offers a What Color is your Parachute style advice, with a little bit of everything approach to career change – but be careful, tons of tips like this can confuse you when making a career switch; what you need now is a clear, focused approach

Your Career Destiny Awaits!

Why wait?

Get free info on how to discover your Career Destiny.

Leave your email and name and I’ll send you Free Report, How to Uncover Your Career Destiny

Larry LaFata, Career Discovery Coach "Coaching Makes Champions"