Randi Bussin, Career Change Expert Contributor
Randi Bussin, founder and president of Aspire!, is a career coach and counselor with more than 25 years of business, entrepreneurial, and career counseling experience.
Randi has experienced several major career transitions (from corporate to small business owner to career counselor to coach) and personally understands the effort and commitment involved.
Randi most recently served as Director of MBA Strategic Initiatives at the Franklin W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College.
Previously, she was AsSsistant Director of Graduate Career Services at Bentley College and at the Boston University School of Management, where she also taught career development, networking, entrepreneurship, and international business.
Randi has extensive corporate experience in sales and marketing management with Microsoft, Compaq, Codex/Motorola, and Wang Laboratories, both in the U.S. and Europe. She also served as president of an international high-tech consultancy firm, Trilogie Consultants, for more than 10 years.
Randi earned an MBA from INSEAD, in Fontainebleau, France, with concentrations in Organizational Behavior and Entrepreneurship. Randi also has a master's degree from Tufts University and has completed the Core Essentials Program (CEP) from Coach University.
Randi is a certified career management coach from the Career Coach Academy, and a member of the Career Management Alliance (CMA). She also has taken training in the DISC behavioral and communication assessment, the Golden Personality Type Profiler (GPTP), and through Reach Communications to help clients uncover, communicate, and build their offline and online brands for career management.
Randi is a member of the Career Management Alliance (CMA), the National Résumé Writers' Association, the Career Counselors' Consortium of New England, and the INSEAD Alumni Association. She has appeared on public television's "Job Doctor," and is a frequent contributor to Bridgestar's Leadership Matters newsletter, The Ladders job-search Web site (www.theladders.com) and her own blog, which offers advice on career transition, job search, and labor market trends. Follow Randi on Twitter @MyReinventure for more job search and career tips.
Articles by Randi Bussin
- 10 Smart and Simple Steps to Start Your Career Transition
If you are dissatisfied with your current career direction... If you believe your current career no longer reflects your skills and achievements... Or if you find your work boring and unfulfilling... Perhaps it's time to consider a career change. Transitioning to a new career can be a monumental decision, one that you can't take lightly, and one that will take time, energy, and patience.
Planning and Preparing Career Change:
- Retreat and Renewal for Your Career Transition
In my last article about career transitions, I touched on the subject of the neutral zone, the stage between your old life and career and your new life and professional direction. For many of you who are undergoing a career transition, this can be a terrifying phase.
- Research for Your Career Change
In other articles on Job Hunt, I have discussed the importance of self-reflection in the early stages of a career reinvention. A period of self-reflection, followed by a career brainstorming, can help you get clear on potential career paths for further exploration.
- Expanding Your Network to Research Your Career Change
In order to really understand the true realities of working in a new career or occupation, you really need to talk to the people who work in that career on a daily basis - this is your primary research. These meetings are called informational meetings or career research meetings.
- Self-Assessment for Successful Career Change
Many of my clients who are considering a career transition or reinvention have never taken the time to evaluate their skills, values, interests, and other parameters that are important to them in their life and work.
- Self-Assessment Profile
In this article, I will feature one assessment in particular that I find extremely helpful to my clients as they begin to think about new career options and career reinvention.
- Non-Profit vs. Corporate Sector Employment
If you have never worked in the nonprofit sector, you might not know how different that experience can be from one in the corporate world - both in culture and in posture. And, the same can be said about its complexity, as defining the term nonprofit sector can mean many things.
Exploring New Fields:
- Career Change to Health Care
If you are interested in transitioning your career into the health care industry, there could be a lot of information to review and digest first. Here is a broad overview of the health care field, its vast opportunities, and the variety of environments and organizations it offers.
- Career Change to Non-Profit World
Making the transition from the business sector to the non-profit sector is not as simple as just applying for a job at a foundation or social service agency. Changing this direction in your life can entail both a challenging job search as well as a challenging personal search.
- Singer to Consultant Career Transition
How do you transition from being in one field to another? There is no magic. It involves hard work, being open to possibilities, making connections, and not giving up.
This month, I am going to feature one of my private clients, who recently completed a fairly radical reinvention.
Implementing Your Career Change:
- Starting Your Career Transition
If you are dissatisfied with your current career direction, if you believe your current career no longer reflects your skills and achievements, or if you find your work boring and unfulfilling, perhaps it's time to consider a career change. Transitioning to a new career can be a monumental decision, one that you can't take lightly, and one that will take time, energy, and patience.
- Launching Your Career Change
Once you have determined your new direction, it's time to focus more on marketing yourself to prospective employers once you have identified your career transition goals. Your old identity and experience may no longer be a good fit for your newly selected career. So what do you do?
- Overcoming Career Change Fears
Fear, in all its forms, is the single biggest factor standing between where you are and reaching your dreams. In my work with career reinvention clients, I have noticed that more often than not, fear of changing careers or fear of change at all rears its head early on in the process.
- Trying Out a New Career
In this article, I will address different ways to get your feet wet in a new field. When thinking about reinventing and changing your career, there is no perfect approach for everyone. There are many routes to take and more than one might work for you.
- Resumes for Career Changers
When going through a career change (change in job function, change in industry, or both), one of the biggest challenges, after figuring out what you want to do, is how to present and market yourself for this new role.
- Understanding Career Transition
In this article, I will address two concepts. The first is the difference between a career change and a career transition. The second is the different stages people go through as they step out of an old role and begin anew.
- Managing Career Transition
A transition could be precipitated by an external change, like a layoff, or it may develop as you move on to a new phase in your life and your career. Transitions involve three distinct phases ...
Affording Your Career Change:
- Affording Career Change: Cash Flow Management
This is part 1 of the 2-part series, Affording Career Change, offers 8 tips for managing your cash flow. Part 2 covers the other critical issues of debt reduction, employee benefits, and taxes.
- Affording Career Change: Debt, Benefits, and Taxes
This is part 2 of the 2-part series, Affording Career Change, offers 7 tips for managing debt, benefits, and taxes during your career change. Part 1 covers the other critical issue of managing your cash flow during your career change.
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