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Change is the Only Constant

Over the last six months or so I have watched good friends of mine go through transitions. They have moved from one job to another. A number of these have been lateral moves; switching one manufacturer for another. Others have been steps up, while a few have been setbacks. Regardless of where life and the your career take you, change is one thing we can be certain of.
Our parents and grandparents worked in an age where you dedicated your life to a company for fifty years, got a gold watch, and left for retirement. I am a part of Generation X. The experts say I will work for an average of seven to ten companies in my lifetime. I’m really going to have to slow down to keep to that range. However, as I watch those around me transition from one workplace to the next there are some constants to keep in mind.
Stay In Touch
This may seem corny, but it is the truth. I’m not talking about “Facebook Friends” either. Make a concerted effort to stay in contact with those you worked with, competed against, or had a connection to. You never know when you can help them or they can help you. There are a few websites and spreadsheets that allow you to manage this a bit easier. Rexter is a new up and coming one. I’m not completely sold on the interface yet. Currently I’m using a spreadsheet.
Personal Contacts
As you transition here and there keeping up with your most current email address can be difficult. This is why I recommend having a personal email address and a non-company-issued cellphone. This serves a few purposes. First, your company can’t track your personal cell phone. If it is company issued they have certain rights to place tracking software on it. If it is a company email address and you are conducting personal email correspondence on it they have certain rights to that too. It can be something as simple as Gmail or do what I did and buy your domain. I’ve had tim@timalbright.com as an email for years.
Don’t Burn Bridges
You may not have a choice on whether you leave on your terms or theirs. However you exit, you can decide how that change will occur. Most of the time it’s not personal it really is business. Take the time to let the former employer know and understand that. It will make staying connected with those still there easier. I have great friends from my former workplaces; I still do business with a number of them.
Change is hard for a number of people but it is a fact of this journey we are on. People come and go in our life for a season. The same with jobs. Love what you do or at least make the commitment to do the best you can where you are. It will set you up for greater success when the inevitable change occurs.
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. Have a great week.

About Author

Tim Albright is the founder of AVNation and is the driving force behind the AVNation network. He carries the InfoComm CTS, a B.S. from Greenville College and is pursuing an M.S. in Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. When not steering the AVNation ship, Tim has spent his career designing systems for churches both large and small, Fortune 500 companies, and education facilities.

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