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Choose a New Career for the New Year

Published: December 30, 2015 | Updated: November 10, 2020

Is this the year? The one where you get out of that dead end job you hate and choose an actual career? It could be! Follow these 5 steps to a career and step out of the past and into the future you deserve.

Choose a path. You can’t just jump into a new career. You’ll need to consider your qualities, strengths and passions and decide on the kind of career that will be right for. Do you imagine yourself as a business leader? Or is helping others in a healthcare career more your style? There are so many options available to you. You’re able and ready so what are you waiting for?

Make a plan. Once you’ve honed in on the type of career you want, make a plan to make it happen. Research career training programs that will provide you with the skills you’ll need to work in your new profession. Make certain they have hands-on training taught by professionals who are passionate about what they do. Choose a program and courses that are offered when you’ll be able to attend. Do you need on campus or online courses? Or maybe you’d prefer a blended learning format that combines the best of both worlds.

Take action. Check out schools and programs by taking real and virtual tours. Contact financial aid departments and admissions offices. Then, enroll! And commit to your education. If you want to succeed, you’ll need to give your career training plenty of time and attention. Set up a realistic schedule to get to class and accomplish all your work on time, to the best of your abilities.

Start to network. Begin to network even while you’re still in school. Get to know your instructors and the people and employers they know. Talk with your classmates –soon they’ll be your colleagues out in your new career. Go out on externships and get experience and make connections. Set up a LinkedIn account and connect with people in your field.

Find a job. Customize your resume and cover letter for the job you hope to get. Work with career services to get tips on finding and landing that first job in your new career. Take time every day to look at job postings and prepare for interviews.

Make a New Year’s Resolution this year that could change your life. At Charter College, we have career-focused programs in business, health care, information technology, veterinary assistant and some trades. Which one is right for you and your new career?