3 To-Dos for your New Year’s Resolutions

It’s probably no surprise that losing weight and getting more exercise generally land near the top of our New Year’s resolutions lists every year. But according to the Franklin Covey Co’s survey, two new resolutions broke into the top 10 category in 2013: getting more education and improving career situations.

The two do go hand-in-hand.

If you want a better career, you’ll probably need additional career training.

While starting a new career may seem like a daunting long-term goal, breaking it down into mini-goals can help you get there. Instead of thinking big, try thinking small and following these 3 strategies to find your way to a new career in the New Year:

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Before you choose a career, consider your own strengths. If you like helping others and really enjoy working with people, you may want to consider a career in the healthcare field where you’ll get to do both. If you’re a problem-solver, maybe a career in Information Technology is just your calling. Or maybe you’ve always imagined yourself working in business. Whatever your interests and natural abilities, there’s likely a career and training available to you.

Research Once you’ve thought about who you are and the kind of work environments that you might like, it’s time to do a little research. Check out careers where top employers are offering the kind of work you might find rewarding.

Did you know:

  • Jobs  in healthcare are amazingly resilient
  •  Since 2007, while most industries were losing jobs, healthcare added more than a half-million jobs!
  •  Jobs for computer support specialists are expected to grow 18 percent through 2020
  • Administrative assistant positions are expected to see a 12 percent growth through 2020


Inquire But how do you find out more? Asking questions of people already working in the fields you’re considering is one way. Another is to investigate training programs available in your area. Don’t be afraid to pick up the phone or request information directly from the school. Remember, if you want to set out on the path to a new career, starting with small steps should be your first action. At Quest Learning Centers, you can train for many jobs in healthcare, IT and business in as little as 7 months. We even have a 14-month IT associate degree program. You don’t have to spend years to find a new career. You just need to take that first step.

Career Quest Learning Centers offer an array of career training programs, many of which can be completed in less than 7 months. Call one of our three campuses or contact us here for more information. The beginning to your new career could be waiting behind a Michigan door in LansingJackson or Mt Pleasant.


“I tried community college and it was not for me; I was just overwhelmed. I learn better in small groups. At Career Quest, it was almost like a family. Everyone’s willing to help one another and the teachers are awesome. I’ll be sad to leave!” 


“If anyone’s looking to get into an office setting, this is a great start because you can get all those basic computer skills that employers are looking for."