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Career Transition

Navigate new roles and professional changes

Seeking a New Industry

Switching to a new industry or a new role starts with in depth research of your new target industry, identifying top companies and trends, it’s competitive challenges, key revenue streams and the needs and demographic of the customers it serves.  Joining key industry associations, attending conferences and identifying recognized experts and groups in that industry to follow on social media can help you quickly immerse yourself in a new base of knowledge and identify skills gaps to address with professional certifications or training programs.

Much of effective job search hinges on networking. Sharing your interest and desire to switch industries with your current network might yield surprising results. Actively cultivating a network in a new industry by attending meetups, conferences and industry events can help you have ad hoc informational interviews with people who have been in that industry thereby helping you hone in on where your skills would be most valuable.

Graduate Business Career Management offers confidential 30-minute career consulting for students year round with coaches who can help you strategize on how to switch industries, and roles.

Seeking a New Role

Here are recommended steps for you to make an efficient transition:


CareerLeader is the premier business self-assessment tool used in graduate business programs worldwide. CareerLeader will help you clarify your career goals, functional and industry preferences by taking stock of your interests, motivators and skills. You may take this integrated tool at your convenience, and then receive a robust, insightful report.

Identify Your Transferable Skills

Which of your skills will enable you to contribute in a new role and/or industry? Which do you enjoy using? Click here for a worksheet to help you identify what you have to offer.

Research Potential Roles

You can use Career Insider / Vault to learn about different functional roles and industries. You can also find people in the roles and industries that interest you on LinkedIn. What backgrounds and skills do they have?

Informational interview

Talk to professionals currently in the roles you’re considering. Find out which of your transferable skills are most relevant; which skills you may need to develop; and anything else that will help you make the transition.

GBCM Career Consultant

Our GBCM career consultants will gladly meet with you to brainstorm potential roles, re-tool your resume for a new role, and/or develop a game plan for your transition.

Starting a New Role: Your 90-Day Success Plan

Starting a new role can be exciting, intimidating, and overwhelming all at once. As a new hire, you have unique opportunities in the first 90 days that might not be as easily accessible as time goes on. Make a strong first impression by being open to learning and listening. Here are some tips for a starting a new job or internship off on the right foot.

  • Listen and absorb all you can about the company, your team and its culture. Attend all meetings or gatherings, formal and casual so you can understand the company from different perspectives.
  • Avoid over-committing and under-delivering. In a new role, it’s important to focus on what you were hired to do and not spread yourself too thin.
  • Feel comfortable asking lots of questions. Your colleagues expect new hires to have questions - take advantage of the opportunity to do so.
  • You don’t want to step on toes, or come across as too strong. If you’ve been hired for your expertise or skill set, share your knowledge but be sensitive to your audience.
  • Offer to help or pitch in when appropriate. Your ability to help the team can forge strong relationships.
  • Be open to advice, help and constructive feedback.
  • Be as friendly, open and interested in people throughout the company so you can develop your own internal network for questions, and help.
  • Don’t compare your job or internal processes to your previous company.
  • Develop a connection with your manager (s). Ask how he/she/they prefer to be updated and how frequently. Ask for feedback on projects you’ve worked on.
  • Compliment and celebrate the success of others on your team and within the company.