Five Tips to Transition into a New Role Outside of Your Expertise for Women in STEM + Within Your Organization
Interested in making a transition into a new role? You are in the driver’s seat, time to take the wheel! With Gallup research showing that the cost of replacing an employee is typically one-half to two times that person’s salary, employers have great incentives to retain you and help you transition into a new role. Afterall, it is far less expensive for your employer than losing you all together.
According to the newest Gotara REACH Report, 50 percent of women in STEM + indicated that they are considering leaving their employers. Sometimes it’s time to leave, especially if what you want vs. what your company offers are not aligned (see the below image in why STEM + women leave their jobs: Download the report here). But more importantly, exploring a new role, even if outside your area of expertise, will allow you to become part of the solution to help your company make progress in building a stronger diversity and inclusion culture.
Maximizing your chances to successfully switch roles requires some prep work first to ensure you are well-positioned to make the switch. To make the transition into a new role, we must get beyond the basics of negotiating more compensation and reading about the role.
Before diving in, here are five tips to successfully transition into a new role.
- GET ADVICE: Talk with people in your network who have taken on or know about the role you want. Ask them what skills are required to transition into a new role successfully and how to navigate the change.
- RESEARCH: Identify the required skills and experience needed for the role you want.
- EVALUATE: Match your current skill set and experience to the new role and identify gaps. Hint: examine all your experiences to draw parallels to the new position, even if the skill wording isn’t an exact match.
- TAKE ACTION: Develop a plan to address these gaps.
- MOVE ON: When you’re ready, revise your resume to fit the new role and plan to move forward.
Once you decide to make the transition into a new role, have a strategy to quickly succeed. Here are some helpful tips from Harvard Business Review and from our Taratalk with Texas A&M mechanical engineering professor Cynthia Hipwell.
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