Career Transition: 3 Big Mistakes To Avoid
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

You may have been fed up with your job or in a rut and decided it was time for a change. Or maybe you’re just in for a new adventure. Whatever the reason, making career transitions can be a natural and common part of your professional journey.

Whether you switch it up within your industry, or take on a whole new industry altogether, its good to be able to avoid common mistakes so that your transition is that much more successful and seamless. Career coach Alison Elissa Horner offers the top three mistakes professionals make when changing occupations:

1. Keeping your struggles in your head.

2. Confusing short- and long-term goals.

3. Trapping yourself with a negative outlook.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.