Originally published December 14, 2023 | By: John Hackston

How many of the people you know have changed their careers? Across the working population, what percentage of people will stay in the same sort of job, and how many will change to something very different? As the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states, it’s quite difficult to put on exact figure on this, but the consensus is that more people are seeking to change careers now than in the past. New technology and other changes mean that entirely new jobs and careers have been created, there is more emphasis on well-being, personal growth and individual fulfilment, and the idea of “having a job for life” is increasingly a thing of the past.

However, making a career transition often isn’t easy. There are many barriers to taking this step, some concerned with external factors, but many have to do with your internal self-awareness, knowledge and motivation.

For a successful transition, there are several ways in which training and development, at both an individual and an organizational level, are crucial. There are also concrete steps that individuals in the learning and development (L&D) space can take to effectively navigate a career transition. Let’s explore these steps in more detail.

To read Hackson’s tips on navigating a career change in the L&D field, visit Talent Culture for the full article.