Entering and exiting the professional job market are two of the bookends of a satisfying and fulfilling life. There typically will be some anxiety going into or going out of a career, but certain events function as bridges between one state and another.
You can look at things like the first time you fill out a resume, what kind of gifts you get at retirement, how the knowledge transfer processes work, and what it means to move between careers throughout your professional timeline. By processing each of those ideas, you can get a broader overview of what it means to start and then stop working.
The First Resume
Creating a resume can be harder than you expect. Especially when it’s the first resume that you ever put together, you may be at a loss as to how to proceed. Luckily, there is all kinds of advice online, and if you’re lucky enough to talk to job counselor, they can step you through it. A good resume can mean the difference between getting a job and not getting a job, so it’s definitely not a process that you want to take lightly. The more detailed and focused you are on your intent and your audience, the better the result is going to be.
At the other end of the spectrum, you begin thinking about retirement. And retirement means big things like figuring out how to use your Social Security funding. And it also means little things like deciding what retirement gifts to give coworkers, or telling them what kind of gift would like to receive when your date arrives. Retirement parties can be one of the few events later on in life that still bring friends and family out of the woodwork to celebrate you as a person.
Knowledge Transfer Processes
As you reach the end of your career, you may find that you are the only person who knows certain things, and your company needs to have access to that knowledge even once you retire. To help with that, you can go through something called a knowledge transfer process. Basically, your employer has to figure out how to get all of the knowledge that you have out of your head and onto paper or into the brain of another coworker who’s going to be staying on.
Moving Between Careers in the Interim
It used to be that you could pick a career and stick with your entire professional life. Nowadays, that is much rarer. So, it’s not uncommon for people to switch jobs even every few years as professional adults. Each one of those times, you have a miniature version of a career ending and a career beginning. So it’s important that you take note of the things that you learned in previous incarnations so that you can use your knowledge moving forward.
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