Successfully navigating your next career step

This article is by Rachael Isaac-Kupenga, Sheffield Consultant – Leadership Development.


Career transition is for many reasons front of mind for organisations and leaders right now. This is because leaders are proactively seeking a new challenge or, due to government reforms, cost cutting or concerns about future job security, actively considering their next career step.

We are seeing that the number of executive and other listings on SEEK is down, while the number of applications has increased.  Senior leaders are readily reaching out for coaching on how best to manage their career transition.  In the space of a few short months, the tables have turned for job seekers.  It appears to have become an employer’s market, with greater competition for roles and a higher number of quality candidates to select from. 

It feels like a case of déjà vu. When working in IT recruitment in the noughties, there was a comparable political and economic environment.  And that was without the post-Covid hangover. Much has changed in the last 15 years, for example LinkedIn is now fundamental to business networking and building profile. You can’t be found if you aren’t visible.  


As with any change, comes opportunity. 

Speaking from personal experience, my biggest career challenges came when I was pushed to make the leap.  

I was a cork bobbing in the ocean at first, negotiating waves of self-doubt, vulnerability and grief. 

I had no idea where I was going or even where I wanted to go, and certainly no means whatsoever to propel myself to get there.  

What do you do? And how do you understand and articulate your unique leadership proposition in order to secure a great role in a strong candidate market?

The answer?  Know Yourself.  Know What you Want.  Develop YOUR strategy.  Then Execute.  


Mā te kimi ka kite, Mā te kite ka mōhio, Mā te mōhio ka Mārama - Seek and discover. Discover and know. Know and become enlightened.

That’s where a personalised career transition programme and coach can be invaluable.  It helps cut through the fog, allowing you to identify the destination, and the best way to get there.  

At Sheffield, I work with organisations to positively support individuals impacted or wanting to make a change.  Our programmes are tailored to address the individual need, providing practical guidance and career coaching.  


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Rachael Isaac-Kupenga
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