When you think of transitioning in your career, which may mean changing career industries or changing courses in the field you are currently in, you have to research. You may have an idea of what you want to do but you aren’t quit sure of the logistics. When I began transitioning my thought process from law school to going into the social work program I had to research. Even with starting my own business I had to research because I knew nothing about being an accountability and achievement coach. I also wasn’t sure how to be able to connect my career in social work with being a life coach.
Even though it’s time consuming, researching will give you clarity and assist you in saving a lot of money, time, and frustration. So I am going to give you a head start on your research. Here are 5 resources to help you along the way:
1). An awesome resources is the Occupational Outlook Handbook. You can find it online at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/mobile/home.htm. You can also go into your local library and rent a print copy. If it isn’t available you can request it to be ordered. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook website “The OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.” And it’s FREE!
2). Another great resource is actually utilizing your trustworthy family and friends. You can have a small and intimate brainstorming party. I did this myself. It helps because people you know see qualities and strengths that you may not necessarily see. They may also know of resources or referrals that can get you started.
A brainstorming party doesn’t have to be a lot of people. It can just be one. I remember I did so with a good friend of mine on our vacation to Florida. I had the discussion with her because she’s very business savvy and accomplished. She also thinks like me in terms of sacrificing to get to your next career level.
3). O*Net Resource Center is another great resource to get information on different careers. You can access it on the web at https://www.onetcenter.org. According to the website “The O*NET program provides comprehensive occupational descriptions and data for use by job seekers, workforce development offices, human resources professionals, students, researchers, and others.” It’s FREE also!
4. Surprisingly, another great resource is a college catalog. Even though you may not be thinking of going back to school these catalogs are updated continuously. It will give you ideas on career paths you haven’t even thought of depending on the major you choose. Also, it’ll give you ideas about the new career track you may have in mind. You may even find some courses you’d like to take to increase your knowledge and skill set. Keep in mind you can enroll into a university and take courses as a “non-degree seeking candidate”.
5). Lastly, get yourself a coach. I would be more than happy to help you along your journey. My main focuses with my clients are Achievement and accountability. I have extensive knowledge from my career as a social worker, entrepreneur, and higher education specialist. I can help you today!
REMEMBER: When you begin this journey remember to think outside of the box. You never know what resources you never thought of will guide you into the direction you’ve been relentlessly searching for.
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