Jenn, National Account Director
When she started feeling unchallenged in a role she had once loved, Jenn unexpectedly found her ideal role in a different department at her current company.
on this episode
If you’re looking for your ideal career, and you’ve decided it’s time to take that first step and make a change, your first instinct may be to run far away from your current role. This is the role that is leaving you bored, unfulfilled, burned out, unchallenged (insert negative emotion you are trying to escape!) so the impulse to leave it all behind is natural.
But what if when you take a step back you realize that all of your “Must-Haves” can actually be found in the company you are currently working for?
“Am I running towards something or am I running away from something?”
Once you nail down those must-haves, you can figure out what you are running towards, and that will provide clarity on if you actually need to get away from your current company, or if your ideal role could be made by beginning to make internal moves and ultimately changing roles at your current organization.
How do you figure out if an internal career move is right for you? *insert celebratory trumpets* Ta-dah! We present a step-by-step list of our recommendations for making a career change internally, using specific examples from Jenn’s story!
Can I find my ideal career by changing roles internally?
Figure out your career must-haves (we use the ideal career profile, which you can find here)
HTYC’s Ideal Career Profile helps you determine your personal list of the most important characteristics of meaningful work. This is done by identifying them within the seven elements that make up meaningful work (which can be found in our career changer guide!)
This helps you create an overall picture of what you need from your career, summarizes your list of career must-haves, and ultimately creates your ideal career checklist.
When Jenn did this exercise, she realized she needed to feel like she was helping people and wanted to work at a company that had a vision or a mission that was bigger than just profit. She also wanted the opportunity to continue to learn and grow, feel valued and respected, and have her salary needs met. When she took a look at all of these things, she realized her current company checked all of the boxes, she just felt she had outgrown her current role.
Have conversations with leaders at your current organization
Now that you’ve decided that your current company is still a great fit for you, the next step is to be authentic and have an open conversation with your boss and your team. This will allow you to be transparent as you begin the experiments you need to conduct to find your ideal role, and you may be surprised by the number of people who want to help you find the ideal role.
Jenn approached her boss and let her know that although she loved working at the company, her role was no longer meeting her needs, and she felt that she could add a different level of value to other places in the organization.
It’s a little bit unnerving, you don’t know how they’re gonna react, and you don’t want to feel like you’re letting them down. However, reflecting on her list of must-haves gave Jenn the confidence to have those conversations and explain why changing roles would be the best thing for the company and for herself.
Design experiments and test new roles within your current company
We’ve created 6 different examples of ways you can design an experiment to test drive your potential new career, which you can find here, and many of these can transfer into experimenting with roles internally. Jenn began having conversations talking with people in different departments of her company. She used a combination of the same tactics we use in our career experiments, but internally.
“I can talk to a VP or general manager of this group, and just talk about it in a way, ‘just tell me a little bit about XYZ.’ It’s the same approach you have in the recommendations for going out and talking to external companies. You can do the same thing internally, and it does give you a different feel. It doesn’t feel as pressured. It’s very informal, you don’t feel put on the spot, and everyone feels more relaxed.”
As Jenn began to build momentum toward finding her ideal role, she began to feel a sense of confidence that bled into everything that she did. The next project she took on was a project that spanned many different departments, so she not only got to interact with other teams and leaders, but she felt she was performing her best because of her newfound confidence and authenticity. This project actually created a door to the next opportunity, which allowed her to work closely with the department she later ended up working with.
Jenn did a great job identifying her must-haves and realizing that she could find her ideal role within her current company.
You can do all these same things… and have it not work for you. What really led Jenn to successfully land her ideal role internally was doing so in a way that was authentic and allowed her to be herself at work. Being transparent with her boss and team and leaning into her strengths caused her to start working in a way that was true to who she was.
Jenn had been in the right place all along, but she was holding herself back by trying to fit herself into her role because she loved the company.
Breaking down her must-haves, having open and honest conversations with her team and leadership, and leaning into her strengths gave Jenn the confidence to go after what was best for her, and in the process, she realized she didn’t have to have a “work persona,” she could just be Jenn.
What you’ll learn
- How to decide if changing roles internally is the right move for you
- How to experiment with roles within your current company
- How to have conversations about an internal career move with leaders in your organization
I can honestly say that I would not be where I'm at today without the HTYC crew. All of the material, the feedback, the coaching sessions, and the podcasts, I would not be where I'm at today.
“It’s hard to find something that fits, that’s why so many people change careers. When I finally understood my strengths and how I could apply them it all made sense. It just made it easier to see what types of jobs and roles would fit me. In my new career I get to do the marketing that I love with a company I’m excited about.”
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