Susan Peppercorn was quoted in a recent Monster.com article titled, “How to Convince a Potential Employer You Want to Downshift Your Career” exploring the idea of moving from a senior role into a junior role. Here’s what Susan had to say:
“Downshifting is nothing to feel guilty about. It’s a sign that you are committed to continuing work and enthusiastic about a new employer,” says Susan Peppercorn, a coach and career transition consultant at Positive Workplace Partners in Boston. You want to find a company that understands that your decision to downshift doesn’t mean you’re slacking.
Search online to find organizations that are known to prioritize work-life balance, Peppercorn says. These organizations will likely be more understanding of your choice to downshift. Don’t overlook startups and smaller, boutique companies—they may be looking for someone like you who can bring your years of experience to their organization, even if it’s not in a senior-level role.
Once you find a few candidate companies, Peppercorn recommends scouring your network for anyone who has worked for them and can give you some information on their culture. Additionally, reach out to your alma mater to see if they can help make a connection.