There are so many reasons why you might be thinking about a career change: your passion and drive may have changed, you may want more flexibility or hours, or your current work has been impacted by the pandemic. Whatever the reason, the idea of actually changing careers and starting from scratch can be intimidating. Our College and Career Advisor has four steps to help you get started and the ways that we can help.
1) Work out what you want – and what you don’t want.
Think back to your current or previous job. What did you love about it? What has caused you to think of a new career? Think about the things that are important to you in a job. It could be money, passion, opportunity for growth, work-life balance. An excellent way to work through this is through taking a career interests, styles and aptitude test through Massabesic Center for Adult Education. Work with our Advisor on the World of Work Inventory (WOWI) assessment to find out what drives you and what careers suit your strengths and values.
2) Set your goals and make a plan
Once you have an idea of the career path you want to take, it’s important to do your research on what a job in that field requires and the steps you need to take in order to get to where you want to be. Make a plan with a time frame of when you want to achieve it. Know that you are not alone in this and that our team is here to help along the way.
3) Upgrade your skills and get the qualifications you need
Now you have an idea of what you need to do to get a job in your new career field, the next step is to work on your skills so that you will be hired! If your new career requires you to have a certification, we can help you find a course that will give you the necessary skills and qualifications. Need to work on your digital skills? We can help with that, too.
4) Make your resume and cover letter stand out
Finally! You are ready to apply for jobs! Now you have to make your resume and cover letter stand out. It might feel like none of your previous work experience is relevant to the job you are applying for, but think about all of the transferable skills you have developed.
If you would like any career guidance, if you are interested in a workforce training, or if you would like some support in writing your resume or cover letter, please contact our College and Career Advisor, Eleanor at 207-247-2022.