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See a career shift? Seize the day

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Career-development specialist Herminia Ibarra has this message for high-level professionals in search of new livelihoods: Stop thinking about it and just do it!

A professor of organizational behavior at France’s Insead business school, Ibarra cautions against dwelling too long on self-analysis. In her book Working Identity, Ibarra says the point is broadening your horizons and trying things out.

Her own epiphany came while studying people who tried to take the next logical step in their careers — say, from accounting to consulting, which requires sales skill — and floundered because it turned their roles upside down.

Better to choose your own transformation, she says. You are, Ibarra concludes, who you make yourself. So, get on with it.

—Adapted from “A cure for the professional identity crisis,” Delphine Strauss, Financial Times.

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