When a municipal Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) experiences the turmoil and emotions that immediately follows a transition, it is often difficult to think about the resources needed and/or where to find them quickly.
The Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) has a “Members in Transition Toolkit” to assist members, as well as their companions and families.
Everyone experiences transition in their own way and throughout the project we learned that often just hearing the experiences of others can be helpful. It became evident, however, that having the right tools and resources available when needed made the transition easier.
The goal of the Toolkit is to provide: peer support and guidance; inspirational quotes and practical tips from those who have experienced transition; and, easy links to professional resources across the country. The Toolkit is divided into three parts:
- Pre-Transition (Something’s up? I feel it coming!)
- During Transition (It’s happened. Now what?)
- Post Transition (Let the healing begin!)
The Toolkit also features a checklist for companions, ongoing peer support, ask a peer / contact a mentor, and a feedback section.
While nothing anyone says can really prepare someone for a career transition, hopefully the Toolkit can guide members in transition along the journey.
If you would like to become a CAMA member and have access to this great resource please click here.