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Leaving well

Planning and preparation increases your chances of ensuring change leads you to a positive outcome.

Change can often feel overwhelming, however by being proactive rather than waiting for things to happen can help to reduce uncertainty and make it easier to cope with managing change.

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” Charles R. Swindoll

This may be a good time to reassess your career direction and to create new goals. Consider your work life balance and whether what you currently have is working for you and your family. Perhaps you no longer need to work full time, or perhaps now your children have grown up you would like to increase your hours? Do you have goals that have been put on hold that you now have the opportunity to explore? It can be useful to reflect on how you are currently spending your time and what you would like this to look like to enable you to more easily meet your current priorities.”

Considering the following will also help to make managing change easier:

Transferable skills

Transferable skills are skills and abilities that can be used across a variety of roles. The great news is you already have transferable skills, things you have learnt and developed throughout your life whether via school, work, home or even hobbies. In a candidate led market employers are often looking for potential and it is therefore vital that you demonstrate your potential in your application or at interview by demonstrating the transferable skills that you have.

Prepare by considering what transferable skills you have, there are hundreds of transferable skills but a few examples include:

  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Time management
  • Written communication
  • Verbal communication
  • Research and analytical skills
  • Information technology

Reflecting on what your transferable skills are can help you to identify suitable career opportunities if you are looking for something different. For further information on transferable skills take a look here - www.skillsyouneed.com/general/transferable-skills.html.

Transferring knowledge

Many people feel that their working knowledge is wasted when they retire or leave employment. There are many ways of transferring knowledge to the younger generation so it is not lost, thereby leaving a legacy by sharing skills and experiences. Volunteering can provide a method for knowledge transfer, but you might also want to consider mentoring.

Staying active in the community

When leaving employment you may want to consider staying active in the community as a way to maintain structure to the working week and have a sense of purpose. There are a number of volunteering opportunities available in North Yorkshire - find out more from the volunteering page.


If you wish to consider re-training, either to move into different work or to seek a promotion. This may be available either through part or full time study. Local colleges and universities offer a range of courses. Your local Adult Learning and Skills Service provide a wide range of courses and can signpost you to a range of more substantial training.

Additionally the following may be of interest:

Last updated: October 2019