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How to Set Your Sight for a 2020 Career

Hindsight is 20/20 and if you knew then what you know now, you might have pursued a career long ago. The good news is that a new year is here, and there’s no better time than January to change things up for the better.

If you’re ready to pursue your dream career, here are some tips to bring your professional vision for 2020 to life:

Discover the Skills You’ll Need for a New Career

Before you can begin your new career, you need to know the direction you’re heading in. Do you want  to work in an office environment? Or would you rather work with your hands and find something in the Trades? Once you’ve narrowed it down a bit, take a look online for job postings. What are the requirements of the job? And when it’s time for a new career, you’ll probably need new skills. That’s where career training comes in. Find a school that will provide you with the skills today’s employers want, taught by instructors who teach the way you learn best. And make sure whatever career training program you choose is worth the investment of your time and money.

Highlight Your Transferable Skills and Experience

Even if you haven’t done a single bit of training, you’ve got talent! What skills do you possess right now that you can bring with you to a new position? Whether it’s customer service, management experience, communication or computer skills, or even specialized knowledge, you’ve acquired certain abilities throughout your life that could help you to succeed in your next job. Did you ever help on a fundraiser? That takes great organizational skills. Work in retail? Customer service skills. Make a list of those hidden abilities and add them to your resume.

Join LinkedIn to Connect with Employers

You can also add that list to your LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn is a great tool to help you switch careers. Some employers will even ask to look at your LinkedIn profile along with your print resume, so make sure yours is up to date. Employers you don’t even know can also discover you on the site, and you can search for jobs in the field you want to break into. Get on it and start to build a network of colleagues, including those who already work in the field you’d like to enter.

Network with Professionals Outside of Your Field

You know a ton of people in your field—those you’ve worked with, former supervisors and maybe even people you’ve managed. But if you want to switch careers, it’s time to get to know the people who are where you want to be. LinkedIn can be a good start, but you’ll get the most out of in-person networking. Look for job fairs, professional events, and meetups that will help you put your name, face, and personality out there.

Interview, Interview, Interview

This is the hardest part of any job search. But if you’re looking to break into a new career, the interview process may be your greatest learning experience. You’ll gain better insight into what employers want, the duties and assignments you may need to take on, and what kind of employer or position you would enjoy in your new field.

Gain Experience in Your Career Field

You may be able to find a volunteer opportunity, but if you really want experience, an externship will allow you to shadow someone doing the job you want. You can gain real-world experience and learn from those already in the field.

 

At Charter College, we offer certificates and degrees in a variety of industries including Business, Health Care, Information Technology, Veterinary Assistant and some Trades. To learn more about our programs, fill out the form and we’ll be in touch soon.