Prior to the Transition
The kinds of planning and thinking done before the transition are among some of the most significant determinants of success in your new assignment. There are at least three issues that need to be considered in this period:
Your Personal Goals
Obviously you cannot predict the future, much less how you will fare down the road. However, you no doubt entertain some implicit or explicit assumptions about your professional future compared to your immediate opportunities. The more explicit you are about your future assumptions, the better you can evaluate whether and how this current assignment will be a contributing factor ...