The Institute for Career Transitions is a not-for-profit committed to generating effective strategies, offering data-driven practical support, and increasing public understanding of the challenges facing professionals in career transitions.
We do this by creating space for convening collaborative teams and providing support informed by the latest industry research and thinking.
His work was published as the Flawed System/Flawed Self: Job Searching and Unemployment Experiences, prompting the question “would working with a coach make a difference in the outcomes?” [The answer: It does! ]
The importance of support: the research that kick-started ICT.
Seeking to answer the question: Does working with a coach effect outcomes, Ofer recruited a team of 40 volunteer coaches and 100 job seekers from Metro Boston to develop strategic data-driven research-based initiatives to meet the needs of the long-term unemployed, focusing on 40- to 65-year-old workers with college degrees.
Ofer Sharone was interviewed in a 2013 Boston Globe article: Project aims to assist long-term unemployed; MIT professor launching effort to help them overcome barriers during career transitions.
Since then, ICT has undertaken several research initiatives to shed light on the issue and explore possible solutions.
We’ve collected hundreds of stories from job seekers that have helped shape the Collaboratory. A work in-between work feedback-rich community to furnish the lost elements work usually provides and that are critical to our well-being: structure, social contact, collective effort/purpose, social identity/status, and regular activity.
Originally, our attention focused on a particularly overlooked population, veteran professionals experiencing a prolonged period between jobs. However, looking at emerging trends in the labor market — more frequent and lengthier job transitions, and fewer high quality meaningful jobs being created – we recognized a larger impact of the changing economy on work and well-being. Through research, education, advocacy and developing solutions, ICT’s mission is to help professionals regroup, recover and reimagine ways to create a rich and meaningful life in a changing economic landscape.