IF YOU ARE READING THIS, ITS LIKELY THAT YOU ALREADY HAVE A SPECIAL INTEREST IN CHANGE MANAGEMENT, AND THAT IS CERTAINLY THE FIRST STEP BEFORE YOU DECIDE TO DEVELOP A CAREER IN IT. QUITE FREQUENTLY WE ARE ASKED HOW TO TRANSITION INTO A CHANGE MANAGER, AND WHILE THERE IS NO MAGIC RECIPE TO FOLLOW WE HAVE COMPILED A LIST OF THE MOST COMMON AVENUES CHANGE PROFESSIONALS HAVE TAKEN.
By far, this is the most common answer when we ask experienced change practitioners. In most cases change managers tend to have a background in training, communications or project management. Regardless of where they started their career, however, the most common trait is that they follow a human centred approach, enjoying developing relationships with stakeholders and guiding them through the changes on their day to day.
In many cases, the project team performs many of the functions change managers do without holding the official title. This may be due to the companies’ structure, restricted budgets that don’t allow for a separate change team, or a preference to combine change and project activities under one-person.
The power of networking
If you have already performed the activities, why is it so challenging to get your first official gig in change? More often than not, change professionals describe their first experience as being lucky enough to have someone believe in them to provide them with that first opportunity.
There is a luck factor involved, but certainly the people you know and your mentors as well as leaders are a great place to start. If you are looking to expand those relationships I’d probably recommend you to be more active in the industry and participate in networking events – we sponsor quite a few, and the Change Management Institute is also a great place to start those connections.
Some tend to believe that being certified will make it easier to secure a change role. While official courses are a fantastic network opportunity and help you establish the foundations of change, certifications provide a toolkit for you to combine with your own thoughts and practical experience.
Most experienced and successful change professionals tend to adapt their style to the organisation, environment and the type of change (usually you would not follow the same approach to a relocation project than to a new IT system or upgrade).
If the above resonates with your career ambitions or you are looking to recruit change management for your business or team, don’t hesitate to get in touch for a confidential discussion. At Project Resource Partners, we partner with individuals and companies to support them on their transformation and personal journeys.
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