What Is a Career Transition Assistance Plan?


Career transition assistance plans provide support for individuals who have been involuntarily displaced from their jobs. These plans are typically used by the federal government to assist employees affected by a reduction in workforce or downsizing. The goal is to develop a plan to assist employees with finding suitable employment opportunities with other government agencies. Private sector companies that provide career transitioning services use similar plans to help their displaced workers find employment.

Plan Elements

  • Career transition plans are specific to individual needs, but the types of resources provided by a plan include skills assessments for identifying types of jobs that are a good match with talents and abilities, current job search information, resume writing, and preparation assistance and interviewing workshops. Since job loss can be traumatic, some career assistance plans include stress management workshops and employee counseling services.

Plan Benefits

  • Many times, downsized employees have been in a certain job for many years and must learn a new skill before they can transition into a new job. This sort of major career change can lead to frustration and panic due to disorganized and hit-or-miss job searches. Employees benefit from a guided career transition assistance plan because the adverse effects of job loss are minimized as much as possible with better planning and preparation.

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