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Starting the path to a new career
Finding right one involves more than getting a degree
 
Published Thursday, February 28, 2013
by Brandpoint

 If you’re looking to start a new career – whether it’s because you’re just beginning your journey as a working adult or because you’re ready for a change in life – you should know that the process involves much more than just getting a degree and looking for a job.

A successful career search begins with identifying your interests in a particular industry or field. It also involves a little research on what to expect as far as compensation and responsibility and gaining the tools and knowledge you will need to be an asset for companies in your industry of choice.

It is also wise to be educated on what careers are in demand and what skills you need to enter those careers.

A new career is an exciting opportunity. It can provide a new outlook on life – financially, professionally and socially. But before you jump into schooling educate yourself so you can be prepared to make the best of any opportunities that may come your way during as you pursue the perfect career. Here are few simple steps that can help get you started:

Understand your interests

Some colleges and universities offer prospective and current students complimentary assessments to help identify careers that fit their personal and professional interests in several areas, allowing them to plan ahead for paths of study.

Understand employer needs

Knowing what jobs will keep your interest going strong is a good start, but it is also important to learn what employers need from workers in that field so you can take the right courses and learn the appropriate skills.

You should also be familiar what jobs are in demand in your field of interest, so you can assess whether your career of choice offers room to grow. Research the current market to determine demand and typical salary of your choice career.

Understand educational needs

Starting a new career often involves the need to return to school for a new degree so you can be more competitive when entering the job market.

Create a personalized roadmap and map out your academic journey that will help you develop the competencies that employers are seeking in the workforce today. Many colleges and universities offer career preparation tools that provide students with resume, cover letter and interview development services so they can put the best foot forward while job searching.

Understand responsibilities

Schools provide information on financial obligations and options to help potential students determine if starting or going back to school is a viable option at the moment.

Having a clear picture of the total cost and anticipated timing for paying off a college expense can help you set a budget as you pursue your new career goals. After you have a realistic estimate on how much in tuition, books and other fees your entire degree program will cost, build a personal plan for how you will pay for it.

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