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Ministry of Finance and the Economy
INLAND REVENUE DIVISION
The Board of Inland Revenue advises the public that the
COVA DISTRICT REVENUE OFFICE
will be closed on --
THURSDAY 29th MAY, 2014
from 12:00 noon
will be closed from 11:00a.m.
This is to facilitate spraying of the premises.
Regular service hours resume on Monday 2nd June, 2014.
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In this article, I will address the
difference between a career change
and a career transition.
Most people use the terms "tran-
sition" and "change" interchangeably
- but they are not synonyms. Accord-
ing to William Bridges, consultant and
author on individual and corporate
change, it's important to make a dis-
tinction between the two terms
because they are profoundly different
Change is any external variation in
your life such as a new job, company
reorganization or merger, a new home,
or a new relationship.
Transition is an internal shift within
you. It means you have reached a point
assumption, self-image, or dream.
A transition could be precipitated
by an external change. For example,
you could be laid off from work (more
of a change), which could motivate
you to step back from your busy life
and assess if it is time to think about
pursuing a latent passion/dream or
shifting your work focus to have more
meaning or balance for you.
This period of self-reflection could
result in redefining who you are and
what you do for work. It could ulti-
mately result in a career transition to
an entirely new field and a new role.
Transitions are a process
They begin with an ending, develop
into a neutral phase, and end with a
new beginning. In order to build anew,
you need to dismantle and provide
space in yourself and your life for the
creative act of constructing a new
Begin with an ending
Transitions begin with a five-phase
ending process. This is a pre-condition
for self-renewal, and, oftentimes, peo-
ple try to avoid this stage or rush it,
as it can be very painful.
1: Disengagement - This is an actual
break from the ordinary way of life
as you know it - separating yourself
from activities, relationships, and
settings that have been important,
but are no longer working for you.
Think of it as externally removing
yourself from old systems and con-
2: Dismantling - This involves the
actual taking apart of your life as
you used to know it before disen-
gagement occurred. This can mean
dismantling the world you operated
in as well as the identity you had
built in this world.
3: Disidentification - If you think
of disengagement as the external
change that started the transition,
you then can think of disidentifi-
cation as the internal changes that
alter the way in which you expe-
rience yourself. You begin to lose
the old way of defining yourself,
and you are no longer sure who
you are. Giving up titles and roles
are an important part of your iden-
tity, and it is important to disiden-
tify from these during this phase.
4: Disenchantment - This a true
shift in your world view; things
just don't look the same anymore.
This can involve emotions such as
disappointment and shock. It is a
time to look below the surface of
what you thought to be so. It is
the sign that you are ready to see
and understand more now.
5: Disorientation - Disorientation
is just what it sounds like -
you don't know where you're
going, what you should be
doing, or what has meaning
The Neutral Zone
The neutral zone is the time in
between the old life and the new.
In order to build anew you need
to dismantle and provide space
within yourself for the creative
act of constructing a new life.
For many people, this can be
a terrifying stage as you have gone
through the phases of the ending
zone, but clearly still have no idea
where you are heading. You are
confused, lack direction, and can
be gripped by fear. People have
described this phase as a period
of emptiness, suffering, and con-
However, this phase is
absolutely essential to finding a
new beginning, and it is impor-
tant for you to surrender to this
phase of emptiness and stop try-
ing to escape it. It is recommend-
ed that you get away for a few
days and take a personal retreat.
The solitude associated with a
retreat allows you to see and
experience the world differently
and opens you up for transfor-
Think of it as a period of inner
reorientation where realignment
begins to take shape.
A New Beginning
So, how do you know when
you've reached the point of a new
beginning? Beginnings are often
inauspicious and quiet. When you
are ready, the opportunities will
begin to appear in front of you.
Inner signals will begin to point
you in the right direction.
What are these inner signals?
They can be subtle, and, often-
times, hard to notice. They could
be some or all of the following:
an idea, an impression, an image,
a hint, a comment someone
makes, a dream, or a fantasy.
An inner signal is NOT a bill-
board with the word "Answer"
traditional sense. It tends to be
more of an inner realignment,
more than an external opportu-
nity. However, an external oppor-
tunity could precipitate this
A few key points lead to suc-
cess in this phase:
• Begin to take action.
• Visualize yourself doing the
final result, or in the final state.
• Take things step by step and
recognize this is a process.
• Shift your purpose from trying
to achieve a "goal" to living in
the process, learning what you
can, and making contacts
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