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Is This Your Year for a New Career?

 As you wrap up the year, you might be thinking about the ups and downs of the past 12 months. But instead of looking back, why not look ahead and think about where you want to be a year from now? If you want a better life, start with a better job—maybe even a whole new career. It might seem scary to make the move, but it can also be so worth it!

 

Here are 5 ways to get started on your path to a new career:

 

Train for it. With little to no experience, you’ll want proper training and education to gain knowledge, skills, and confidence. Find out whether the career you want requires an advanced degree, a bachelor’s, associates, or certification and go after it. Then, you’ll be ready to seek out an entry-level job in the field you want. No matter what level of education you’ve already completed, going back to school with your ideal position in mind could be the game-changer you need. And with today’s online offerings, you have more options than ever.

 

Shadow someone in the job you want. The best way to find out whether a career might be right for you is to actually work the job. The next best thing is to shadow someone who does that work. Ask around within your network of friends, family, and colleagues and see if any of them are the right person, or know someone who is. You could also make connections via LinkedIn. People who love what they do are often happy to share what they know to help out someone ready to follow their lead.  

 

Get some experience. It’s great to follow a friend, but it’s even better when it’s a formal externship. Externships allow you to use what you’ve learned in a classroom or lab setting in the real world. You also get to observe actual professionals in action.  You’ll get on-the-job experience and something to add to your resume.

 

Get in touch with Career Services. If you’re a new grad of a college or trade school, the Career Services department is a great resource for next steps after graduation. The experts there can help you with resume workshops and mock interviews, and give you a heads up about job fairs, networking opportunities, and even job postings. Career Services can be a bonus to your education, if you take advantage of all they have to offer.

 

Volunteer. Nonprofits always seek out volunteers to help their organizations run well. Depending on the industry, they will have different needs, but they often have a wide range of volunteer positions. You may get to perform clerical duties in a business setting, or help with animals at a shelter, or patients at a clinic. Or you may choose to volunteer on something totally unrelated to your new career. Volunteer work is a great way to network and meet people from all walks of life.

 

If you are interested in a new career, Charter College may be able to help. We have programs in Aviation, Business, Healthcare, Information Technology, Veterinary Assistant, and some Trades. Find out more now. Fill out the form and we’ll be in touch to answer all your questions.

 

What are you waiting for?