Career Pivot: Leverage Your Strengths


[MUSIC] I think this is a really
a really important one.>>Mm-hm.
>>Because most professionals have skills of some variety, right. You’ve got to break them apart and
understand them, and how you can make them applicable
to where you want to go. So let’s take a couple of examples. The first is,
if you are a functional executive.>>Mhm.
>>So you know about human resources, you know the legal department,
you know communications, you know finance, you know marketing. If you think about it very very mu-,
even sales, a lot of what. Organizations have to do,
are functional skills.>>Kay.
>>Those are very, very transferable and in fact, the fact that you’re coming from
a different industry may make you more desirable because you can bring lessons
from one industry to another [CROSSTALK]>>That can be>>Really helpful.>>Mm-hm.>>So if you’re in a functional area, you are probably the most well
positioned to make a career of it.>>It’s just easy to transfer those and
scale them.>>But there are things you might
not have thought about that are also really transferable skills.>>Mm-hm.
>>If you have been in startups. And you’ve helped scale
a company from you know, two employees to twenty to a hundred,
to a thousand. That’s a very replicable skill. And it’s useful to a lot of people. Even industry, you know? You’re in the indus, you and
I were both in entertainment. If we wanted to pivot to technology,
which is now a very exciting place to be. How do you use your
entertainment experience? Well, you’ve got a lot of technology
companies that need to partner or sell something to.>>To. Mm-hm.
>>To entertainment companies. You are very valuable to them. So you can use that industry knowledge
to transfer to a different industry.>>Yeah.>>The one great example
of that is government. If you look around in government, you’ll see cabinet secretaries who have
been, you know, cabinet secretary of. Treasury and then Secretary of State,
or head of the Office of Management and Budget and then Secretary of Defense. I mean, the government’s
actually done a really good job, maybe better than the private sector, of recognizing that there’s a core set
of skills, that if a manager has that, can be put into at the highest levels-
>>Yeah.>>Of, you know, importance in the world.>>Can be transferred. So it’s something to think about
into look at your skill set. And see the gold nuggets in it.>>Right, right.>>And pull them out and be able to
imagine how you could apply them in a new.>>And the venue.>>This actually reminds
me of someone that, and I think you’ll know who I’m talking about,
that works for our company.>>Yes.
>>Who is, she’s just a career manager. And she’s had many many years of,
you know, high power jobs in Fortune 100 companies, but
But if you looked at what that skill was, it was so transferable, she can just
manage her way through anything, right? And the fact that she’d been in,
and then she came, you know, to Business Talent Group, but the fact
that she’d been in all these different industries, I think gives her perspective
that much more, you know, from value.>>And the thing that’s really
interesting about her is, she took a number of years off,
I think six or seven.>>Mm-hm.
>>So a significant amount of time to pursue
some personal objectives. When I looked at her, what was clear to
me is the skill she had didn’t go away.>>Right.>>She didn’t forget how to manage.
>>Right.>>You don’t lose that muscle.>>[CROSSTALK]>>And that’s an important thing to remember too.
>>Mm-hm.>>That, you know, just because you knew a skill and
you haven’t done it for a while. It’s like riding a bike. You, you don’t lose it. And so don’t be afraid.>>Right.
>>And don’t diminish your knowledge because you
may have taken a, a path that, you know>>Another path, yeah.>>Took you on a different place for
a couple of years. These are course skills.>>Yeah.>>And you should be able to leverage
them and use them in your new direction.>>[MUSIC]

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