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Change Can Be Exciting: An Unemployed Woman and The Transition Network

October 8, 2011

As I headed out the door, to a meeting with The Transition Network, I really didn’t know what to expect. 

I first learned of the TTN several months ago when I visited their table at the Burlington County Women’s Expo.  It seemed like an interesting women’s group but I honestly didn’t pursue it at the time.  What I do remember is the women at the expo were so nice and friendly. 

I got an email from them saying that they were going to have a meeting in South Jersey with the thoughts of starting up a new chapter in the area.  The meeting was held at the Cherry Hill Library and I thought it would be worth attending.  I was so right!

Every chair in the meeting room was taken. I think there were about 40 women present. Most were over fifty, but there were a few who seemed a bit younger. Everyone was chatting while waiting for the speaker to begin. The women who spoke were all from the Philadelphia Chapter and excited to see such a great turn out. They told us what TTN was all about and shared their personal experiences with us. Each story was different but they were all very passionate about the group.

The Transition Network (TTN) is an inclusive community of professional women, 50 and forward, whose changing life situations lead them to seek new connections, resources and opportunities.  The chapters bring women together to enhance their lives. They see life as a series of transitions. Transitions can be in the workplace, as well as family or community. Whatever the transition, the women in the group share their experiences and advice. They support and help one another.  The group discovers new options and explores what’s next.   The TTN has several things to offer.
  • Educational and cultural programs
  • Peer groups – Small groups of members who meet to discuss a range of subjects or specific passions
  • Workshops – Different topics include healthy living, career transitions, self-fulfillment, technology and more
  • An interactive website
They broke us up into three groups to give us a feel of what a peer group would be like.  I chose the group for women who wanted to pursue their passions.  We went around the group and told what transition we were in and if we had a passion we wanted to pursue.  I shared with the others that I was an unemployed woman who was currently involved in a job search.  I also told them that maybe I was now given the chance to pursue my passion and start a new career and chapter in my life.  They all listened and some shared their thoughts.  Although we were only in our group for about 30 minutes it was a really nice experience.  I felt like there was a lot to be learned from these women and their different life experiences.   How great would it be for all of us to make new friends?

I attended this meeting thinking it would be a great place for networking but it turned out to be so much more.  If a South Jersey Chapter does form, I will definitely join.  There is a membership fee of $80 but I think it will be well worth it.  The fee is tax deductible because The Transition Network is a not-for-profit corporation.  Check out their website at www.TheTransitionNetwork.org for a chapter located near you.

Change can be exciting!