Managing Change for Personal & Professional Growth

Monday, December 9, 2019

Feeling excited yet scared about a change in your career? The Young Professionals Council held an event about managing career change with panelists who have experienced significant changes over the course of their careers and were gracious enough to share their experiences and insights. Here are some of the thoughts they had:

How do I start defining and preparing for the change I want in my career?

  • Don’t let what you do during your “9 to 5” job define who you are. Seek extracurricular opportunities outside of your “9 to 5” to develop skills you don’t get to practice in your current role. Leverage opportunities in your current role to practice skills you will need in the opportunity you are striving for.
  • Make sure to have a good relationship with your boss to have that candid conversation about the change in the future.
  • Find mentors who you want to have as a Board of Directors for your professional life to help you navigate through this adventure.
  • If the change comes with a potential hit to your financial stability, look for ways now to save and find extra income sources.
  • When you have some quiet moments to yourself, daydream about what you are striving for.
  • Constantly practice and record your mock interview sessions.

How do I seek those changes?

  • Show your passion 24/7. Talk with people who share the same passion and role or opportunity you are striving for. At the same time, show your passion in your current role as well.
  • Give first to these aforementioned folks. Look for ways to help them out without the expectation of receiving a favor back. Add value to your relationship with them.

What factors should I consider when deciding on whether or not I should make a change in my career?

  • Get thoughts from your Board of Directors.
  • Write “hot” questions around potential moves on an index card. Then write your uncensored thoughts around these questions.
  • Rank your career values and priorities. See how well that potential change aligns with them. At the same time, put into consideration your personal life as well. Don’t think of things in between your personal and professional lives as an “OR” but more of an “AND.”

As I am going through the transition process, how do I emotionally deal with the anxieties and uncertainty that might come up?

  • Control your emotions through the change. Meditate. If you don’t meditate, write a journal about your emotions. Build a courageous mindset to run towards a goal rather than away from it.
  • Don’t feel too bad for co-workers and/or employers if you think you’ve left them behind. Sometimes employers are happy to see their employees move on.
  • If you are feeling a bit of Impostor’s Syndrome once you’re in the new role, just remember that if you are in the new role, you are supposed to be there. You BELONG there.
  • Even if you are feeling the change brought some bad experiences, it’s part of the learning experience. Frame such situations in a positive perspective. Keep in mind that everyone’s career paths are not linear. A step back sometimes means a start on a more accelerated career trajectory.

Any good references to share?

  • Books: The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron and Calm Clarity by Due Quach
  • Podcast: WorkLife hosted by Adam Grant

— Peter Chan, Application Software Lead, The Vanguard Group; Member, YPC Advisory Board; Co-Chair, YPC Professional Development Committee


YPC Volunteers: Bethesda Project

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Members of the Young Professionals Council dedicated their time to volunteering at the Bethesda Project: Our Brothers’ Place, a homeless services nonprofit in Philadelphia that provides emergency shelter, housing, and supportive services to individuals experiencing homelessness. Volunteers spent the evening helping to make holiday craft decorations, sort through holiday donations, and organize some of the community spaces in the shelter.


Coming Up

YPC Networking at SPiN Philadelphia
Monday, January 27, 2020 | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Join us for an evening of ping-pong and networking at SPiN Philadelphia, a 12,000 square-foot ping pong social club located in Center City.

YPC Meet the C-Suite with Russ Starke, CEO, Think Company
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Hear Russ Starke share career advice, insight into his professional path, and how he became a successful leader in his field.