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160 - Why is changing careers so scary: What to do to overcome your fears

November 14, 2022

Want to know what it takes to make a successful career transition? My guest May Samali and I will show you how to do it right. We cover everything from changing professions, going back to study, and becoming an entrepreneur.

Career changes can be challenging, but there are many things you can do to ensure that your new path will be successful. For this episode of The Job Hunting Podcast, I interviewed May Samali, a leadership coach who has had many career changes and is keen to share how she's managed to land on her feet. Together, May and I will advise you on how to prepare yourself for your career transition and choose the best career path for you.

You can also read the blog with my reflections from my conversation with May and the three key lessons I learned from her:



04:06 - May Samali's career story

05:09 - May Samali's passion for human rights

06:31 - Moving from corporate to entrepreneur

10:25 - May Samali's mindset and strengths

12:06 - How May Samali maximizes impact

14:45 - Following questions

18:43 - May Samali's regrets

22:15 - Failure and success

24:10 - Stepping into restructuring

25:32 - Psychological safety

26:26 - Listen and learn

27:42 - Know who you are at your core

30:21 - Why are human skills important?

38:18 - Why career transitions are so scary?

50:10 - May Samali's ideal clients

53:17 - May Samali's love for her work


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About your host:

Hello, I'm Renata Bernarde, the Host of The Job Hunting Podcast. I'm also an executive coach, job-hunting expert, and career strategist. I teach corporate, non-profit, and public professionals the steps and frameworks to help them find great jobs, change, and advance their careers with confidence and less stress. 


Host: Renata Bernarde

Editing: Camille Cariño

Music: Scott Holmes

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