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5 Strategies for Reinventing Your Career in Uncertain Times

Think about what you need to leave behind

When thinking about an uncertain future, don't just think about acquiring new skills or making new connections. Planning for uncertainty is also about making strategic choices concerning what to leave behind.

It is difficult to give up things in which you’ve invested a lot of time, effort, and energy. And you can get nostalgic about the past, especially when facing uncertainty in the present. But moving forward means knowing what is no longer serving you and giving yourself the space to pursue something new.

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