Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Dealing with Uncertainty

This year has been a tumultuous one for our students and alumni in the animal health industry. A number of companies have made changes to their corporate structures, and from what we hear, realignment in the industry is far from over.

In visiting with students currently in the midst of corporate change, a few themes repeatedly emerge.

Students consistently share that the most difficult part of managing corporate change is the uncertainty. Once the rumors about a corporate takeover or buyout, merger or acquisition begin swirling, the uncertainty starts to creep in.

The cycle of questions goes along these lines: Will I have a job with this company? Will this company even be a company anymore? Who will my boss be? Will I have to take a pay cut? Will I have the opportunity to move? Is the opportunity to move one I would take if given? What do I need to do to cover myself right now? Do I even want to stay with this company? What is my partner/spouse/significant other going to say? Am I going to be able to find a job somewhere else? What are my kids going to do?

Positive ways to deal with uncertainty include focusing on what you can control, preparing for different possibilities, and being confident in your skills and abilities. For professionals in mid-career, regardless of the field you are in, making a connection with a talent specialist can be a powerful tool in accomplishing all three of these tasks.

The Master of Agribusiness program has partnered with The VetRecruiter, Stacy Pursell, to present a webinar on May 18, 2017 at 12:00 pm CDT to address some of the unknowns regarding this relationship, and demystify this process for current professionals. Registration is free, and located here: