How to plan a career pivot
From idle inkling to action
I’ve had two major pivots in my career. The first was in early 2021 and I completely changed industries — leaving a 15-year career in software and pivoting to content marketing and journalism. The second was in October 2022 and I pivoted from being a full-time employee to being a full-time freelance writer.
I get a lot of questions about career pivots, partly because my LinkedIn profile headline includes the phrase “Career pivots are fun!”
I try to share openly because while career pivots can be really fun, they’re also really scary. They can feel risky. You wonder if you’re making the right decision.
This series of my Substack will focus on career pivots and other major career decisions. I’ve gathered up many of the questions I’ve been asked over the past few years and will answer them honestly.
If you’re thinking about a pivot: you can do this. It doesn’t have to feel like an irrational decision. You can plan for your pivot.