Tackling Transitions

Did you leap at the chance of a supervisory role or do you dread the idea of managing a former peer or an entire lab? Here, I outline how you can make each professional transition work for you.

By Elizabeth Treher

If we think of supervisory transitions at all, it is usually that first big step into a “managing role.” However, as we advance and receive promotions, we continue to face significant transitions with each change in our position. Such transitions happen many times during a career and aren’t limited to “new” technical supervisors. Even those who have supervised others successfully can struggle with further advancement as their role changes. Understanding these transitions can help make them easier and more successful.