An exit plan is a process where a person transitions from one intensive or stressful work or study environment into their next career development phase. A career transition can involve one or more of the following: a shift from year 12 to tertiary education, university to the professional career, intensive career to new employment, occupation to business ownership, work to retirement, full time to part time, family life and work life, healthy to long-term illness or sickness.
Ideally the exit process occurs when an individual reaches their goals and potential growth in their current position. For some high risk or stressful careers – prone to burnout – an exit plan may be one for survival. Often this is observed in helping industries where employees are vulnerable to prolonged periods of stress, compassion fatigue and secondary trauma.
A well planned exit strategy can explore your personal growth and identify attainable steps to reach your goals. A plan such as this develops your emotional intelligence and increases your resilience to those ensuing changes, thus improving your feeling of safety and comfort during periods of change.
Future career planning and self-reflection is the process of taking ‘time out’ to reflect on where you would like the direction of your career to lead. Unfortunately, we don’t always take this time to consider our career path until we are left at crisis or breaking point. Sometimes we need this push before we are ready to accept or make the change. This transitional phase can be one of excitement, anxiety, angst, caution, weariness and apprehension.
Transitional Support Career Practitioners will guide you through the self-reflection process, exploring many aspects of your life as well as investigating various opportunities and how to apply for these.