How I Got Started In Change Management, and 3 Paths You Can Take

by Yvonne Ruke Akpoveta

I’ve always wondered if it was I who found Change Management, or Change Management found me.

One thing I know for sure is that it was an evolution that consisted of my exploration of curiosity until I came upon a name for what I loved doing.

I started my career as a Business Analyst, and then moved into Project Management, and eventually, Management Consultancy; and what these three roles had in common and have also helped me to stand out, was my ability to lead change.

If you are thinking of getting started in Change Management, you can start out as a change analyst learning the ropes, or you can leverage some of your career experience by moving laterally from one of these three roles:

  • Project Management
  • Business Analysis
  • Human Resources

These fields, along with Management Consulting, have a strong connection to managing change and working with people. There are other fields as well that provide as fertile ground for getting started in change management such as Employee Communications, Learning & Development, and even Marketing.

These roles and many more tend to be people focused, employing critical thinking, stakeholder management, coaching, communications etc. What these roles all have in common, are transferable skills that help you develop your change leadership skills, and ability to manage change.


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If you want to effectively position career in change management, raise your level of influence, and gain the skills to help you future-proof your career in today’s accelerated future of work, click here now for more you info on the program.

You can also read more from my previous blog: Change Management Career Advice