--> I'm very, very far from being an expert in empty nesting or in career transitions. I'm figuring these things out in real-time.
However I'm goal oriented and hard working and not afraid to take a lot of chances, so I have been making a lot of successful and completely unsuccessful moves during the process. I think making mistakes and following blind alleys can give us as much (or more?) information than our success stories, so I'll share the faceplants as they happen.
Here are some of my own thoughts and experiences with career transition during the empty nesting transition.
- I've found that using the transition of seeing your child go off to college as an incentive to make some other sweeping changes in your life can be great, and also incredibly hard.
- Obviously changing your career without a financial plan during the college-parent years would be foolish, BUT....
- ... the career transition process can take a few years, and you can definitely do the groundwork for it while maintaining your present career, paycheck and benefits. It just takes a lot of energy after-hours.
- How I decided to hire a career transition coach and shift my career - from one in a tiny and highly specialized academic field into one in a much larger, fast-moving, quickly growing sector.