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Navigating Career Pivoting In Uncertain Times

Written by: Esther Aluko, Executive Contributor

Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.

 
Executive Contributor Esther Aluko

In a world where unpredictability has become the norm, the art of career pivoting has taken centre stage. Whether prompted by economic turbulence, technological advancements, or personal growth aspirations, the need to navigate career changes adeptly has never been more crucial.

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Economic downturns, global pandemics, or industry disruptions often trigger career reassessments. Uncertain times create an environment where adaptability and resilience become essential attributes for career success.


Embracing continuous learning is paramount. Upskilling equips individuals with the tools to stay relevant in their current field, while reskilling opens doors to new opportunities in emerging sectors.


Here are a few strategies for career pivoting

  • Start by introspecting about your passions, skills, and long-term aspirations. Identify transferable skills that can be applied across industries, thus widening your scope for career transitions.

  • Dive into research about industries or roles that align with your interests and skills. Researching and attending networking events, informational interviews, and job shadowing can provide invaluable insights into unfamiliar territories.

  • Invest in education, certifications, or short courses to acquire new skills or enhance existing ones. Online platforms and educational institutions offer a plethora of resources catering to various skill sets and industries.

  • Forge connections within your desired industry. Networking opens doors to hidden opportunities, while mentorship offers guidance and invaluable advice from experienced professionals who've navigated similar career changes.

  • Be open to opportunities that may not fit your traditional career trajectory. Flexibility in roles, locations, or industries can lead to unexpected but rewarding paths.

  • There is no journey without its own challenges. Career change in uncertain times comes with its own challenges and here are a few ways to overcome those challenges.

  • Are you scared? Fear of the unknown, you are not alone. The uncertainty associated with career transitions can be daunting. Developing a mindset focused on adaptability and growth helps in embracing change more confidently.

  • Ever heard of the saying “When there is no transaction, there is no transformation” and “Money makes money”. The truth is Career pivoting may involve initial financial challenges, especially during transitional phases. Consider part-time roles, freelancing, or budgeting strategies to manage financial stability during the transition.

  • It won’t happen overnight. Persistence is key when facing setbacks or rejections. Patience is crucial in allowing time for learning, networking, and securing opportunities.

Don’t forget we are In an era of constant change, the ability to pivot and adapt becomes a professional superpower. Embrace the uncertainty as an opportunity for growth rather than a hurdle. Each career pivot, regardless of its outcome, is a step towards personal and professional development.


The journey of career pivoting in uncertain times is a testament to resilience, adaptability, and a proactive approach towards one's professional trajectory. As the landscape evolves, so too must our strategies for navigating through it.


Remember, a career pivot isn’t just about changing jobs; it's about aligning your passion with purpose and embracing the challenges that come with reinventing yourself in a dynamic world.


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Esther Aluko, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine

She is a Career and Personal Development Coach with almost ten years of experience. Her expertise is in Job & workplace readiness, career planning, growth, and personal development. Her work focuses on helping individuals build their capacity for career progression, navigate job transitioning with ease and achieve personal effectiveness using results-oriented methods. Her speaking engagements span the United Kingdom, Belgium, West Africa, and Ireland with corporate organizations and higher education institutions.


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