Thinking it’s time to make a career change? You’re not alone.
Not only is it the start of a new year, but it’s also the start of a new decade. Apart from getting a gym membership, eating more kale salads and learning a new language, your resolution list might include “career change”. You’re thinking, 2020 is the year to make it happen.
鉴于这一点，Ladies Who Tech 北京上周举办了该组织的首个STEM交流之夜，主题是“职业转型”。40多名STEM专业人士参加了交流之夜并分享了有关他们的职业转型和重塑的故事。
With this in mind, Ladies Who Tech Beijing hosted the organization’s first STEM Drinks Night last week, with “career transformation” as the theme of the event. More than 40 STEM professionals joined the night of networking and shared stories on their career change and reinvention process.
在“职业转型”上，无论您是陷入僵局、准备大踏步还是在寻找意想不到的机会，请继续阅读我们经验丰富的 Ladies Who Tech 成员Kendra Schaefer和Jin Liang的建议，他们已经完成了职业生涯的重塑。
Whether you’re feeling stuck in a dead-end job, preparing to take a leap, or slowly discovering unexpected opportunities, read on to take inspiration from two of our accomplished Ladies Who Tech members, Kendra Schaefer and Jin Liang, who have gone through the process of reshaping their professional lives.
Kendra started out doing front-end development in the early 2000s before shifting into consulting, focusing on Chinese interface usability and user behavior. She now leads tech policy research at consulting firm Trivium China, working on projects related to user experience trends in China’s emerging markets and the development of the country’s social credit system.
对于Kendra而言，她所有的职业转型都是无计划的。她告诉 Ladies Who Tech ：“我并不是真的有意识地决定切换领域。转型的各个方面开始渗入到我的工作中，使得职业转型自然而然的发生了 。”
For Kendra, all her career transitions came unplanned. She told Ladies Who Tech, “I didn't really consciously decide to switch fields. It happened organically as aspects of the next transformation began bleeding into my current work, until a switch simply made sense.”
The key is to take it slow and make the change gradually. “If you’re looking to make a career transformation, you could hold onto your current job and take on more projects in the industry you’re trying to move into or work on projects that incorporate your current skills and any new skills you’re trying to build,” she said.
As for Jin, she started in strategy planning and research analysis in the high-tech industry and now has taken on a marketing role at a top-tier industrial solution provider, focusing on growth and segmentation development projects.
When she worked at her previous job, Jin realized that one of the most important things she valued in a professional role was missing: human interaction. Focusing on this criteria, this re-assessment sparked the journey to reinvent her career and she landed her current role through an MBA internship programme.
她告诉 Ladies Who Tech：“我的目标是在工作中产生更多直接的影响，并在业务开发中有更多亲身实践的经历，而不仅仅是进行桌面研究。”
“I was aiming at a job that allowed me to generate more direct impact and be more hands-on in the role of business development, as opposed to just doing desktop research,” she told Ladies Who Tech.
But going into a new role wasn’t easy, both agreed, especially entering a new field.
Walking away from your current career and making a change takes a great deal of research, time, patience and courage. But there’s no turning back - identify your priorities, focus on your goals, take small steps at a time and embrace the journey. 2020 is the year to make it happen.
Recommended books for those who are considering a career change:
Transitions: Making Sense of Life's Changes by William Bridges
Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work, and Never Get Stuck by Jon Acuff