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Speaker presentation for the Lady Project Summit in Rhode Island on managing career transitions.

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Lady Project Summit

  1. 1. Managing Career Transitions Malous Kossarian mkossarian@gmail.com @malous_k
  2. 2. My Path • Grad school to software • Software to start up • Startup through acquisition at big company • Led team through product sold to Fortune 500 companies • Left to start companies • Questions: Where are you guys from? • What industries are you guys from?
  3. 3. Grad School to Software • Escaped bad lab • Taught myself how to program • Landed new job
  4. 4. Managing Transitions • Major career transitions take 3-5 years • Women change careers more often than men • Career opportunity is the top reason people leave jobs • People often site feeling ‘selfish’ as reason not to leave a job • Have a support network around you to absorb changes • Learn new skills as things change • Question: Who is still in a career they went to college for?
  5. 5. Software to Product • Toxic work environment • Moved to California without job lined up • Learned about Product • Said yes to job that was slightly outside what I wanted
  6. 6. Finding your new job • It takes 5-6 weeks on average to get a job offer • 250 people submit resumes to a job opening • Only 14.9% of hires are made through a job board posting • 39.9% of hires are made through employee referral • Keep your Linked In profile current • Take charge of every opportunity • Can you think of a time where you said no to something you wanted? Can you think of a time where you said yes to something, even though you knew that it might not necessarily work out?
  7. 7. Employee to Founder • Joined struggling start up • Acquired by IBM Watson • Created products for Fortune 100 clients • Left to found my own venture
  8. 8. Don’t Talk Yourself Out Of It • Friend who has turned down multiple intros because he doesn’t think he can do the whole job • Roommate who says he can’t leave his current job because the 40 year old company ‘wouldn’t survive without him’ • Cousin wouldn’t speak up for herself after she returned from maternity leave after her colleagues pushed her out of her work
  9. 9. Final Thoughts • Go to one event every week – meetup, conference, coffee with an old contact (ask for a new contact), local event, classes • Say ‘yes’ to things even if they might lead to a ‘no’ • Keep your Linked In and resume up to date • Be willing to do projects in your (ideal) field, even if it starts unpaid
  10. 10. Citations • https://www.fastcompany.com/3058996/why-women- job-hop-more-than-men • https://www.ebiinc.com/resources/blog/hiring- statistics • https://business.linkedin.com/content/dam/business/ talent-solutions/global/en_us/c/pdfs/Ultimate-List-of- Hiring-Stats-v02.04.pdf • https://smallbiztrends.com/2016/11/startup-statistics- small-business.html
  11. 11. Managing Career Transitions Malous Kossarian mkossarian@gmail.com
  12. 12. Grad School to Software • Story: Lab with this awful professor, worked 100-120 hours a week, and had nothing to show for it. Taught myself how to code, got the masters degree, got a job in a new industry. • Data about managing transitions • Question: Who is still in a career they went to college for? • Interlude: I thought I was in a better situation, but it still wasn’t great, and I decided I wanted to get out and go to California.
  13. 13. Software to Product • Story: Joined a startup in California with a title I hoped to change over time. Got acquired by IBM and led our team through the transition, built products, sold to Fortune 500 companies • Question: Take charge of every opportunity that comes along – can you think of a time where you said no to something you maybe wanted to do? Can you think of a time where you said yes to something, even though you knew that it might not necessarily work out?
  14. 14. Employee to Founder • Story: Wanted to do something with a more direct impact, so left IBM to start building apps • Data about start up funding, opportunties • Question: Who is still in a career they went to college for? • Interlude: I thought I was in a better situation, but it still wasn’t great, and I decided I wanted to get out and go to California.

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