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Navigating Life’s Transitions

From the Show: HER
Summary: Is it time for a change?
Air Date: 11/1/18
Duration: 29:27
Host: Pam Peeke, MD
Guest Bio: Lisa Orbe-Austin, PhD
Lisa OrbeAustinDr. Lisa Orbé-Austin is a licensed psychologist and executive coach, with a focus on career advancement, leadership development and job transitions. She is a co-founder of Dynamic Transitions Psychological Consulting, a career and executive coaching consultancy, which is located in the Flatiron District in NYC, where she works mostly with high potential managers and executives. She earned her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University.

Her views about career planning and advancement are regularly sought by the media and she has appeared in outlets such as The New York Times, NBC News, Forbes, Business Insider, and Insight Into Diversity.

Dr. Orbé-Austin regularly consults to organizations in the private sector, non-profits and educational institutions in supporting their employees and senior leadership teams on gender bias, diversity and inclusion, leadership development, communication, team cohesion and managing conflict.  

Her practice also consults to universities on the reorganization of their career centers to enhance their efficacy and metrics related to transitioning their students successfully into the professional world.
Navigating Life’s Transitions
We all face major life transitions. Workplace, relationship, family and location transitions often lead us to adapt to new circumstances.

Career Paths
People often speak of career paths as linear things, each job leading perfectly to the next. In truth, it’s a messy process. Don’t expect your next career move to be a linear move from your current position.

New opportunities may present themselves as you get older. It’s okay to do something new. Leverage your wealth of experience and network into a field that excites you. Be open to entrepreneurship.

One important thing to note is the active sexism and ageism for women over 50 in the workplace. Assumptions are made that they won’t fit into the culture, are too experienced, or won’t be working for long. You may get the interview but not be considered for the job. This is why it’s important to use your network.

Transitions
Transitions are uncomfortable. Making your life more comfortable in other ways makes it easier to navigate a transition without things falling apart. Know what you need for self-care so you can make the pivot in your life.

Stick to a plan. Schedule execution of tasks during your transition. They may not be fun, but they must get done.

Learn to accept feedback. Integrating feedback from experienced professionals may help you navigate the transition better.

Gaining the skills to transition will improve your life. Job transition skills are transferable to moving to a new place and learning the lay of the land.

Big leaps start with baby steps. Carve out some time each week to work on a major change. Consider career testing if you don’t know what to do next.

Listen as Dr. Lisa Orbe-Austin joins Dr. Pamela Peeke to share how you can survive and thrive the next change in your life.

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