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Getting Your Foot in the Door When Switching Industries

About the class

Changing industry is an inevitable part of most careers these days, whether through itchy feet, economic needs or serendipity, or indeed due to the seismic changes going on in the world of work that mean the creation and disappearance of entire sectors. 

This webinar aims to help you answer the following questions:

- Why might you be wanting to change industry?

- What is going to be difficult about that?

- What the opportunities presented might be? and

- How can you optimize your chances of success?

You will learn how to:

- Explore and bring the best angle to your research

- Understand your core skills, communicate these so they can be optimally transferred

- Leverage various kinds of networking that will support your transition 

- Experiment, including the training and flexibility that might be required to make the change

- Manage your energy over the duration of the process and on to the next change. 

We will bring you case studies, and the wisdom of having interviewed and analyzed hundreds of professionals as they go through their big career transitions. We will engage you in surveys and group-work, to keep the learning fresh, and we will encourage you to be bold and curious in the whole of your career.

About the Presenter

Claire Harbour was born a people person. How come? Because she has always been fascinated by what makes each of us tick, and how to get the very best out of everyone. Her clumsy, sometimes intrusive childhood questions have grown up into deep, challenging adult explorations, and she will not be done until she has ensured that every human on this planet has the greatest chance of flourishing and being joyful, in both work and life.

Her studies of language and culture at Cambridge, plus an MBA adventure at INSEAD, and her work across 4 continents, 17 countries, 8 languages in multiple sectors, functions and roles position her to support a broad range of clients through personal and organizational growth. 

Her writing includes articles and case studies for INSEAD, as well as a book co-authored with Antoine, Disrupt Your Career - How to Navigate Disruptive Career Transitions and Thrive. Their online course, How to be a Career Acrobat, can be found here. And if you wish to contact or work with Claire, you can do so at

Antoine Tirard’s French upbringing was not much of an indicator of the global career he would rapidly build, nor of the multiple transitions he would make across roles, industries, continents and cultures. The one absolute constant has been a drive to bring out the best in the talent around him, whatever the context. His work as leader of talent strategy and leadership development at global multinationals has left a deep impact, as has his recent work consulting and advising significant organizations on a wide range of talent, people and leadership issues.

His early career in Human Resource led him to a series of people-focused roles at blue chip organizations from the Magic Circle law firm Clifford Chance to L’Oréal, Novartis and LVMH, before deciding to become an external talent management adviser. 

For the past dozen years, he has been using his unique mix of passion for people and their development with a profound understanding of how businesses work, consulting with leaders across the board on talent and leadership.

Antoine has co-authored three books, on careers, talent assessments and HR management. He is also the author of tens of articles about talent and careers. He is a regular lecturer at INSEAD, where he gained his MBA and the Institut Magellan, as well as a frequent speaker at international conferences. 

Antoine lives near Paris and frequently travels to meet clients, visit his children who live in three countries, and connect with his friends around the world.

If you wish to check out Antoine’s work or reach out to work with him, you can do so here:

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