19 Awesome Resources to Help You Prepare to Pivot

The most requested topic I hear from folks at networking is all about preparing for a career pivot. I prefer the term "pivot" rather than "change" because it helps to illustrate that what you're doing is simply choosing a new direction. It's not about starting back at zero, which is a story I often hear that keeps folks feeling stuck in jobs they don't love. You take the sum of your experiences and knowledge with you wherever you go - don't sell yourself short! 

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I've curated a list of resources on career pivots for you - be sure to bookmark this article even if you're not looking to pivot right now so that you can revisit it later! 

Career change, or career pivot, is an inevitable part of your career path. Whether you're shifting roles or completely changing fields, these resources will help you get started.


  • To Make a Change at Work, Tell Yourself a Different Story - hbr.org
    • The first step to authoring liberating stories is to identify and examine the stories you tell yourself and others. This helps you understand what you stand for and why you act and react the way you do.
  • How to Use Your LinkedIn Profile to Power a Career Transition - hbr.org
    • It’s tempting to create an “everything under the sink” profile that makes you look qualified for both the job you have and the one you want or for a variety of new functions, industries, or roles. But that’ll just confuse your readers and send them running—to others’ LinkedIn pages.
  • Why So Many Women Want to Change Careers - FastCompany
    • The reasons women want to leave their jobs illustrate the current state of our workforce. The top three are the need for more pay, the desire to find a career with a mission they believe in, and burnout.
  • Miserable at Work- How to Make a Career Change - Forbes
    • What if you could write a whole new life for yourself? Would you put in the effort to change? Too many baby boomers don’t even ponder these questions. They don’t acknowledge that being happy, successful and enjoying a satisfying career are all possible. 
  • How to Survive a Career Pivot - wired.com
    • If your company already has such a role, investigate what it might take to transition. If not (or if you want to make a move), work your personal contacts to see who you can meet with to learn more about such positions. 
  • 8 Steps to an Utterly Successful Career Change - theMuse
    • Assign yourself daily or weekly tasks so that you know what, exactly, you’ll be doing when you sit down in front of your computer in the name of “career pivot.” You don’t want to freewheel this.
  • Sharing the Data: How Technical Women Navigate Their Career developer.wordpress.com
    • Respondents read job descriptions almost exclusively for red flags; for instance, they search for language encouraging all relevant employees (not just women)  to take parental leave.
  • How a Forced Career Change Taught Me to Embrace New Opportunities - Science magazine
    • I had the impression that the company valued performance and ambition. But now I was being told that I should be happy in my current role as a troubleshooter, rather than the project leader I aspired to be ...

TED Talks:

  • The Career Advice You Probably Didn't Get - Susan Colantuono
    • You’re doing everything right at work, taking all the right advice, but you’re just not moving up. Why? 
  • Why Some of Us Don't Have One True Calling- Emilie Wapnick
    • What do you want to be when you grow up? Well, if you're not sure you want to do just one thing for the rest of your life, you're not alone
  • How I Became an Entrepreneur at 66 - Paul Tasner
    • It's never too late to reinvent yourself. Take it from Paul Tasner -- after working continuously for other people for 40 years, he founded his own start-up at age 66, pairing his idea for a business with his experience and passion. 


  • Happen To Your Career
    • This is the show that provides the inspiration, tools, and roadmaps to move from where you are to work that matters to you and uniquely fits your strengths and talents.
  • Pivot with Jenny Blake
    • What’s next for your career and creative projects? Learn to embrace fear, insecurity, imperfection, and intuition as the superpowers they are while navigating the pivot process.
  • The Off-Road Millennial
    • Boldly leading Millennials off the map and into uncharted lives.
  • Career Relaunch
    • Hear inspiring stories of career reinvention.
  • HBR Women at Work
    • Interviews of experts on gender, tell stories about their own experiences and give lots of practical advice to help you succeed in spite of the obstacles.


  • Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One - Jenny Blake
    • Careers are not linear, predictable ladders any longer; they are fluid trajectories. No matter our age, life stage, bank account balance, or seniority, we are all being asked to navigate career changes much more frequently than in years past. 
  • Find Your Why: A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team - Simon Sinek
    • Whether you've just started your first job, are leading a team, or are CEO of your own company, the exercises in this book will help guide you on a path to long-term success and fulfillment, for both you and your colleagues. 
  • Everything is Figureoutable - Marie Forleo
    • While most self-help books offer quick fixes, Everything is Figureoutable will retrain your brain to think more creatively and positively in the face of setbacks. In the words of Cheryl Strayed, it's "a must-read for anyone who wants to face their fears, fulfill their dreams, and find a better way forward."


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