Looking for a new change for the new year? Need a different opportunities for a fresh start? You've come to the right place! Here are a few tips on how to find a new career so you can put your best foot forward in life.
Step up your education game
Take advantage of online universities and local community colleges by enrolling in courses that enhance your skill set or even earn you a new degree, which can help qualify you for a different career. Classes through these resources tend to be cheaper and easier to acquire than classes through traditional four-year universities. Simply apply online or meet with a dean at the school to discuss the testing and financial requirements. Employers love to see that you care about your education and that you are willing to learn.
Regardless of how old you are or how much experience you have, you can never get too cool for school!
Brainstorm with others
Career counselor, Barbara Sher, recommends hosting an "idea party," which is an event for friends and family members to come together and help the person looking for a new career discover new ideas and narrow down possibilities.
Our friends and family members have close perspectives on our lives and can offer different options and resources that we might never consider on our own. You might be surprised at what they think you could excel at.
Who knows, you might have a talent you didn’t realize could shape a new career!
The Muse suggests planning for your dream job by filling out the following questionnaire:
If I could choose one friend to trade jobs with, I'd choose ____________, because ____________.
I've always wondered what it would be like to do ____________. It's interesting to me because ____________.
If I had the right education or skill set, I'd definitely try ____________, because ____________.
If I had to go back to school tomorrow, I'd major in ____________, because ____________.
My co-workers and friends always say I'm great at ____________, because ____________.
The thing I love most about my current job is ____________, because ____________.
If my boss would let me, I'd do more of ____________, because ____________.
If I had a free Saturday that had to be spent "working" on something, I'd choose ____________, because ____________.
When I retire, I want to be known for ____________, because ____________.
In addition to this questionnaire, there are other resources you can use to learn more about your strengths and interests. For example, taking personality tests like Visuality and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator can help you discover the perfect job.
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