how to change careers (without losing your mind)
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How to Change Careers
(without losing your mind)
- Hello! Lauren GalanterWeb Polymath 10 years in video/web industry UX Analyst @ Phase2 3x career-changer Philly native; lives in Passyunk Sq. with boyfriend and kitty.
What about you?
Sanity My story Soul-searching Methods
No fetishizing hyperwork Sleep, exercise, down time Go at your own pace
Image by [email protected] via CC Attribution license
2005 2008 2009 2013 2014
Film / VideoBA, Film & Media Arts, Temple University. Filmmaking, video production, editing, graphics.
Web Video / DesignVideoblogging leads to managing video website.
Web VideoComcast era! Video Ops team for 4+ years. Two promotions. Left as Product Lead.
Web DevelopmentTransitioned internally to Engineering role. Down in level, up in pay.
User ExperienceLeft Comcast Dec 2014 for UX Analyst job at Phase2.
video / design / web dev / process / education / customer experience
Ops to Dev Education, events Connecting; sharing desires One lucky occurrence; one chance email
Dev to UX More education More events and connecting Another chance email
Be your own compass Find your pathfor
now. Find alternative paths No wrong path
Structure vs Freedom?
Alone vs Group?
Venn Diagramof Career Transition
* subject to change!Skills
Reputation Network Knowledge
Reputation Red tape
How? Make friends Tell people Meetings
Job shadow Education Extra projects
Your manager = Your ally
Reinvention Less barriers Negotiation
Lack of rep Bigger leap
How? Research Make connections Tell People
Meetings Education Side Projects Apprentice
Either Way Dont wait to apply Dont wait to be Dont belittle your experience Dont stop Do get (un)comfortable
Whether you think
you can or you think you cant,
youre right -
It does not matter how slowly you goas long as you do not stop - Confucius
It is never to late to be
what you might have
been - George