Currently in Knowledge Management & all of my projects support Learning & Development projects/initiatives. I’ve always liked L&D & just fell into KM after college (‘18 grad). Career goal is to be a CLO or in a similar role as I am passionate about building knowledge/learning orgs & ensuring employees have the right skills, knowledge, and capabilities to do their work. I know (& want) to transition to HC or LD focused work in the next 2yrs. Advice on transition? Do I need grad educ.? M? MBA?

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I went from a different field in L&D. Got my Masters, left by old career and started over. If you have flexed money then look at courses through ATD. It will give you a good foundation and you’ll have a better feel if it’s something you want to do long term. I would also find folks and have virtual coffee chats about their career in L&D.

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I definitely feel confident speaking to L&D concepts because I am so closely aligned with them and do a lot of side professional development (reading, certs) in that area but I don’t want to be naive in my transition efforts. Don’t mind going back to school either because I know I will eventually for my career goal.

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I must admit I am old school when it comes to preparing for transitioning careers. Please consider these three points. First, education gives you credibility. A higher education degree in organizational development will give you an edge. Secondly, Working in industry and teaching college part-time adds to your academic strength and knowledge in the field. I have taught on Saturdays and online for most of my career. It has been a feather in my cap. Now I am a master with distance learning. Although I consider myself a technologist, being an educator provides an advantage in Learning and Development. Thirdly, Having a prestigious consulting firm on your resume is definitely a plus. I would take advantage of all the free training. I have accumulated 14 certifications that allow me to spread my wings. This includes a six Sigma Black Belt, PMP, Agile ScrumMaster and Product Owner, Prosci Change Management Practitioner, and California State Online Course Reviewer to support Learning and Development. Please take my opinions otherwise with a grain of salt. Times change, attitudes change, needs change. However, the need to have skills and knowledge never changes.

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Thank you so much! I really appreciate you taking the time to share your perspective with me. I originally started out with a boutique consulting firm, then moved to a gov contractor for a top DoD client. Would it be safe to say that a specialized degree would be necessary to 1) have the edge/credibility to jump into the L/D & HC space and 2) be able to transition back to true consulting?

MSLOC program at Northwestern University

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