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Most people find fulfillment by doing what they’re good at. By evaluating your skills, interests, strengths and desires you will be able to see a connection between what it is that you value and what you excel at. These are building blocks that you can turn into a new career.
While your new career is still in planning stages, you can gain valuable information by: -Attending professional meetings and informal gatherings. -Networking. -Joining an online career discussion group. -Asking questions.
You are likely to need some additional education in order to begin a successful new career, start by improving skills you already have. Sometimes, learning a few new software programs is simply all it will require. Should you choose to return to college, learning new skills is much easier when you are motivated to begin a new life.
Once you have chosen kind of work you wish to pursue and acquired necessary education, be sure to edit your resume to reflect your strengths and skills in this area.
Don’t be surprised if your job search lasts a little longer than usual. Concentrate on companies that are seeking people with your reworked skill set and eventually you’ll find an employer who will value knowledge and experience you gained from your previous career(s).
It is vital today, more than ever, to remain versatile to stay employed. A successful career will evolve over a lifetime if you are continuously open to new possibilities. You must constantly seek opportunities for self-improvement and professional growth in order to be prepared for your next reinvention.
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Mary Carroll at the beginning her fourth career. Hers career has progressed from photojournalist to catalog graphic designer to photo stylist. Mary is currently employed at Video Professor, the leader in self-paced software learning tutorials as a customer advocate.