So, you already know that you want to begin a new career path or make changes on the path you are on. But how do you find out other opportunities you can explore?
If you are willing to devote the time to it and do the research, you can find countless unexpected possibilities. How did people ever do this before the internet existed? Thankfully, that’s ancient history now!
Here are some of the ways you can research a new career path:
1) Google is your friend!
Get a cup of coffee, clear your desk, and get into an exploratory mindset doing some Google searches! You can find multiple links that lead to broad industry information or details for specific job types. Let one idea lead to another, but keep track of your search, so you stay organized. For example:
- New career paths for sociology degrees (for graduating students)
- Jobs for former police officers (career change)
- Career possibilities in a theater stage production (for a specific industry)
2) Industry professional certifications are one way to research a specific field of work.
Every profession has certifications that people can earn through significant study to meet a certain level of competency.
These new career paths usually require testing, writing a paper, putting together a business case, or otherwise demonstrating knowledge. You can complete some certifications online, while others require attendance for specific in-person classes or workshops. For example:
- Certified Medical Interpreter (CMI)
- Certified Paralegal (CP)
- Certified Professional in Catering and Events (CPCE)
- Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW)
3) Colleges and universities have Career Development Services departments with counselors for current students and alumni.
They want to make sure that you think the investment in your education was worth it, particularly in this time of serious student debt. That’s why they make some online resources accessible to everyone. For example:
- The University of California campuses have excellent resources such as an online program that ties college academic majors to specific jobs. They can set up internships, job fairs, and help with resume writing and interview skills.
- The University of Phoenix has multiple resources available such as an alumni mentor program, and help specifically for people making a military career transition.
Once you start to explore these research
sources, the possibilities for your future career with seem limitless! But if
you could use some guidance on exploring career possibilities, schedule a NO
CHARGE consultation with me. I can’t wait to help you find a new and
exciting career path!