Institute for Career Transitions

aka ICT   |   Methuen, MA   |  http://www.ictransitions.org/

Mission

ICT helps experienced professionals navigate career transitions.

Ruling year info

2018

Principal Officer

Deborah Burkholder

Founder, Researcher

Ofer Sharone

Main address

820 Riverside Dr

Methuen, MA 01844 USA

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EIN

82-3400153

NTEE code info

Education N.E.C. (B99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Built for yesterday. The system is broken. It's a new day. HR practices and regulatory reform have not kept up with changes in the workplace, nor has our hardwired biology to deal with today’s environment. Today, careers are non-linear and less predictable. The employer-employee value proposition has changed. We compete across borders and generations. Advances in technology improve our lives while impacting opportunities for human capital. The career landscape is rapidly changing. Education and experience no longer protect against economic downturns. This has resulted in career disruption for many older professionals. Though these risks are intergenerational and span all education levels and socio-economic classes, older professionals are disproportionately negatively impacted, sidelined as they slip through the cracks and are overlooked by traditional career services. (Less than 10% of people in their 50’s who lose a job will be able to regain traction.)

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

ICT Collaboratory

The ICT Collaboratory is an innovative career-lifecycle partner delivering comprehensive career management resources and services to professionals. It provides a community-based coworking environment designed to facilitate the incubation and acceleration of work transitions ̶ be it a job, career, or start-up, or some combination thereof. It is a place where deliberately developmental and adaptive teams reflect, retool, and reposition, during their work-in-between-work to capture and revive energy and well-being, while learning and practicing new skills/tools to succeed.

Population(s) Served
Unemployed people
Seniors

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

• 2,500 people served since 2015. • 184 Events, workshops and programs offered since 2015 • 11 Collaboratory Cohorts run - 49 participants

Number of participants who gain employment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Older adults, Unemployed people, Self-employed people

Related Program

ICT Collaboratory

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Collaboratory was being retooled for virtual offering.

Number of clients who self-report increased skills/knowledge after educational program/intervention

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Older adults, Unemployed people

Related Program

ICT Collaboratory

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Program participants self-report greater openness to alternative sources of income, and improved motivation and well-being. (Numbers indicate 100% of participants.)

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Designed for today, and tomorrow.
ICT develops new approaches for career management.
New approaches are needed to manage careers, especially during the times in transition. Approaches addressing both the technical and adaptive challenges. ICT helps experienced professionals navigate uncertainty informed by the latest industry research and thinking. We do this by creating space for co-learning, honoring the talent in the room, testing one’s way forward, and tapping into our human creativity to collaborate and adapt.

This disconnection from the workforce often leaves a wake of isolation, discouragement, and long-term unemployment resulting in precarious income and downward economic and social mobility.

ICT’s mission is to positively impact long-term unemployment for mid/late-career professionals by:
• increasing awareness of the issues involved and their impact on individuals and society
• establishing communities of practice for older professionals experiencing work disruptions
• providing better strategies for exploration and execution of income options promoting well-being and self-agency.

Our goal is to continue to develop and offer programs and services for older displaced professionals slipping into long-term unemployment - support and resources needed to effectively navigate career disruptions and transitions, and to raise awareness of the unique issues and challenges faced by older workers who are disproportionately sidelined by a flawed hiring process.

A vision forward.

Everyone is assessed based on their skills, ability, and desire to contribute - a time where the stigma of unemployment is broken, and biases are moved into the light through open conversation.

ICT envisions a society where every individual can create income for a sustainable and meaningful life through inevitable uncertainties and in which “work” is an evolving concept.

ICTs flagship program, the ICT Collaboratory, embodies our understanding of the key interventions needed to address the unique needs of many older professionals experiencing career disruption.

The Collaboratory is a 12-week, 9 hours a week, structured community of support, learning and execution of (job) search career strategies.

The Collaboratory environment is created around new models of how work gets done in fluid, hybrid, and dynamic communities. The program “intervention” is based on what we know about the connection being work and well-being.

Marie Jahoda, a social psychologist, developed the theory of Ideal Mental Health. She identified five categories which were vital to feelings of well-being: time structure, social contact, collective effort or purpose, social identity or status, and regular activity.

The Collaboratory is designed around these defined constraints which are key to performance, productivity, human flourishing, and well-being.

The Collaboratory is not a workshop or a support group; it is a new model for navigating work-life transitions.

The Collaboratory goes beyond the basics and addresses key obstacles older professionals face in their search for meaningful sustainable work and income. Participants are encouraged to find their way through conversations with colleagues knowledgeable in areas of mutual interest. These conversations provide actionable intelligence and feedback, exposing participants to opportunities they were not aware existed.
These conversations allow participants to circumvent many of the obstacles older professionals face in a traditional job search. In addition to clarifying unforeseen opportunities, these conversations allow participants to own their skills and experience, as they explore trends and problems to be solved with colleagues in areas of mutual interest. Conversations with colleagues, around mutual interest, also circumvents much of the awkwardness of traditional networking approaches, allowing participants to “show up at their best,” and establish long-term professional relationships that increase the odds of success.

This approach also prepares participants with the skills and strategies to always-be-ready and navigate inevitable future transitions.

ICT has a dedicated team of volunteers and consultants who create and deliver meaningful content and support, as well as a rich community of multi-talented individuals across multiple sectors and professions adding insightful ‘mash-ups’ of ideas and strategies.

ICT’s board of directors has been expanded, adding four new board members to the team. This has increased our capacity to address specific ongoing needs: program and marketing subcommittees were created, and are effectively providing direction, insight, and oversight.

As a team, ICT’s community and board have vast experience across multiple industries with expertise in corporate leadership, staffing, education, coaching, research, human resources, entrepreneurship, technology, and development.

2021
• Leadership: ICT’s board of directors added four new board members to the team.
• Collaboratory #11 (virtual) with a cohort of 6
• Hosted 34 workshops/events:
o 698 registrants, 544 attendees (over 77% attendance)
o 5 guest speakers
• 49 ‘Weekly Check-ins’ (consistently hosted since Ap, 2020)
• Alum Gathering (1/14/21, virtual)
• Website redesign released Jan 25, 2021 with over 300 resources.
o 21 original blog posts shared.
• Work Interventions Network (WIN): partnered with the WIN initiative, an international collaboration of practitioners and researchers working on unemployment and underemployment, to offer a series of workshops to support individuals who are unemployed and underemployed. ICT recruited a team of five committed volunteer coaches who developed and presented the materials provided by the WIN initiative in a series of seven 90-minute workshops in May, 2021, and then reworked content based on what we learned with the intent of offering again.
• Redesigned and tested a couple of variations of the Collaboratory (Wayfinding series).
Overall Impact Metrics:
• 11 Collaboratory Cohorts run - 49 participants (16 females, 33 males; 3 Hispanic, 1 black)
o Quantitative Data: The experimental group got less depressed, increased their time structure, and became more extroverted.
o Qualitative Interview Data: Greater openness to alternative sources of income, and improved motivation and well-being.
o 90% were in a better psychological space.
o 23 Collaboratory participants landed or were in a better financial position.
• 2,500 people served since 2015.
• 184 Events, workshops and programs offered since 2015.

Going Forward
ICT plans to increase outreach, develop partnerships, and document “instructions” to increase accessibility to services - to make sure that "talent is not lost in transition" and no one is lost in isolation.

Financials

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Institute for Career Transitions

Board of directors
as of 03/29/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Deborah Burkholder

Institute for Career Transitions

Term: 2017 -

Ofer Sharone

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Tom McDonough

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Elizabeth White

author

Raymond Weatherby

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Joanne West-Metzger

Beau Hill

Cathexis

Vinay Singh

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/15/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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