The Career Pivot

by Elise Stevens | Futureproof Your Career Podcast

How do you know when it’s time to make a career pivot?

From a young age, Lydia Hughes-Evans believed she wanted to be a school teacher. But it took multiple career pivots and going back to school twice before she figured out her true calling was problem-solving.

Now a successful non-profit consultant and coach, Dr Lydia speaks with Elise Stevens about why it’s so hard – and so important – to take that first step down a new and uncertain path.

Points raised in this podcast:

  • A career pivot is inevitable for all of us at some point in our working lives.
  • Timing a career pivot can be difficult. If you’re dreading going to work, letting your health habits decline, or generally losing your vision or motivation, it may be time to consider a career pivot.
  • Conducting a SWOT analysis for your career can give context to a difficult decision.
  • When you assess the risk of a career pivot, remember all of the changes you’ve already overcome.
  • Before you jump into a new industry or role, dip your toe by trying a class or finding a mentor.
  • When it feels like everything is changing, remember you are grounded by your core beliefs and values. 
  • You cannot be late in life. You will get where you need to be when you’re supposed to get there.
  • Motivated and transferable skills are the ones that are personal to you, that you can take into any role. Try to identify yours.
  • Practising self-care can help you build the self-esteem, clarity of thought and trust in yourself that you will need before a career pivot.

About Lydia:

Dr. Lydia has 18+ years of experience walking along side organizations and individuals on their pathways to success, through her breadth of experience in the education, non-profit, and business sectors. She has exercised her entrepreneurial muscles as the Founder & CEO of Pure Momentum Consulting, LLC for the past 15 years, where she provides non profit management and operations support, with a strategic focus on Implementation. She served on the Board of Directors for World Hope International (2018- 2020), and has worked in administrative and departmental leadership roles of several non-profit agencies. Lydia has a BA in English and Psychology from Maryville University in St. Louis, MO, her MA in Education (Instructional Leadership), and her Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership, from Argosy University.

You can connect with Lydia on LinkedIn.