Strategies for Managing a Mid-Career Transition

February 08, 2012 | Topics: Careers

By Marty Tillman

What is a mid-career transition and how do you know when you're in it? Let's say that mid-career refers to a 10- to 15-year period after starting work in the field. Of course, given that we're all living longer—and working longer—a mid-point could occur at 15-20 years out or even later for some professionals. I think each individual is likely to self-define their career plateau at some mid-point stage.... See More

Building and Sustaining a Professional Network in the International Education Field

February 05, 2012 | Topics: Careers

By Martin Tillman

Is there something unique about a career in our field? What are the qualities that attract a young professional to the kind of jobs that international educators hold on a campus, in a nonprofit or private organization, or in an association or government? Are there different approaches one should take to sustain professional relationships in our field?

Before crafting a networking strategy, we need to apply a working definition: It’s a process of developing professional contacts—or strategic connections—and building relationships for the purpose of obtaining field or sector-specific career advice and identifying related professional contacts. Are there unique strategies that apply to our field? Every profession has its own norms of behavior and patterns of communication and interaction.

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