This is the question that we try to answer with this Career Transitioner Assessment.
The truth is that there are a lot of factors that come into play for someone to career transition successfully.
Contrary to common beliefs, how you acquire the skill does not play the biggest role in someone's success.
Our research and experience shows that there are several common factors that describe each person.
After helping thousands of people switch careers, we deduced four dimensions that categorize and describe every kind of career switcher.
The First dimension is your Intent to change careers which represents your desire and urgency to pursue change.
Over the years, we’ve seen the various reasons that drive people to get careers in tech.
For any career transitioner the urgency to career transition whether you have a high intent versus a low intent makes a huge difference in people who succeed.
We created this assessment because many people start out without being aware what are the driving factors behind their motivation to break into tech.
The Second dimension is your working style when collaborating with other people.
When preparing for a career transition you need a plan.
Once you have a plan, you need to execute.
Depending on how you collaborate with others, you will approach these two steps differently.
If you are collaborative, you’ll figure out the resources by speaking to others who have done it before. You will seek out peers and mentors who will help you create a plan and you’ll find people who will support you through the transition.
If you’re someone who likes working alone, you’re more likely to do extensive research online by reading blog posts, watching youtube videos and reading online reviews. You derive your confidence internally by solving easy problems first and then using that to solve more complex problems as you go.
This dimension is important for people who career transition successfully because you actually need to do both.
No career transitioner is an island and it would be really hard to overcome challenges on this journey if you’re going at it alone.
At the same time, your coach is not on the court with you if you’re in the came. You get guidance from your coach during time outs but it’s ultimately you calling the shots and making decisions.
Our assessment helps you figure out what your collaboration style is and we make recommendations on how to reach a happy medium.
The Third dimension is Risk. This dimension comes into play for every person who takes the plunge.
A lot of the time we tend to overestimate the risk and underestimate the rewards.
From our experience, in hindsight for most career transitioner the risk is limit. However, getting yourself outside your comfort zone is what keeps a lot of highly motivated people from actually making the switch.
Anyone who wants to switch a job can do any of the part-time programs that don’t charge tuition unless the student is actually in a job.
On top of it, in most cases a person can return to their previous role or the company if something does work out.
On the upside, a career transitioner can unlock hundreds of thousands of dollars in income by acquiring high in-demand skills. These skills also open doors to start companies, work remote or work for yourself.
The person's ability to take calculated risk usually correlates to them taking the steps to execute on their plan.
During times like these becoming aware of how you calculate risk and sharing your goals with peers who are doing it and mentors who have done it before is one of the best ways to get clarity.
For this reason, Risk plays a key role in this career assessment.
The last dimension is Time.
Time is something that we all have, but there never seems to be enough of it.
During a career transition, Time is the biggest factor that will determine how soon someone starts and finishes the transition.
The person who manages time best wins.
Successful career transitions always requires sacrifices.
The biggest sacrifices often come from time spent with friends, family, work and rest.
The people who succeed realize that short term sacrifices, will actually lead to long term gains.
While in the trenches, learning during nights, weekends, early mornings… career transitioners who find the time and stick to a consistent schedule end up speeding through to the finish line.
Managing time is something that each one of us can make improvements on to unlock the upside of a new career!
We the founders of Career Karma, quit our jobs 5 years ago to career transition into Tech.
During our journey, we started a podcast where we interviewed over 150 guests who all came from various backgrounds and worked in tech.
Recording these intimate interviews led us to spend over 500 hours, familiarizing ourselves with their backgrounds, tactics, risks, success and failures that they encountered on their way.
The spectrum of backgrounds ranged from: teachers, lawyers, doctors, veterans, parents, college dropouts, highschool dropouts and formerly incarcerated who shed light on what they did to obtain their dream jobs and why.
We were inspired to create this assessment to help people who feel unfulfilled in their current roles understand what steps they need to take to get them to a new career.
This assessment is meant to be answered honestly as the results will help you discover the shortest path to a successful transition.
The persona you are assigned illustrates your current state as a career transitioner.
Follow the recommended steps on the results page to understand your strengths, weaknesses, learning style, challenge to self and areas for growth.
If you found this assessment helpful, please share this with your friends to see who has what it takes to join you on this journey.
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