How to Kick Start a New Career This Year

New Year New Career


THIS is your year!


Don’t you agree?


It’s time to ditch that dead-end job and kick start into a new career. Here are the 5 steps you need to take to get started:


1)      Make a decision. If you’re ready for a new career, you need to get serious. This is a New Year’s Resolution you need to keep. Build a plan for success from the bottom up. Consider the career you want to have, the training and skills you’ll need, and the first steps you need to take. And don’t be afraid to ask for support. The more people who know what you’re trying to accomplish, the more they’ll be able to reach out to their networks and give you a hand.


2)      Choose a path. Even if you don’t like your current job, you won’t want to jump into just anything. First assess your strengths and weaknesses. For example, if your goal is to work in a professional environment where you have a set schedule, a business career might be right for you. On the other hand, if you like solving puzzles and aren’t into the 9 to 5 routine, a career in IT offers variety in tasks, hours, and even locations.


3)      Get prepared. Find a program that will teach you the hard skills you’ll need to perform the tasks of your new career. Research schools and programs in your area that will provide you with what you need. Will they teach you what employers are actually looking for? Are their instructors professionals with expertise in the fields they teach? And how will you pay for it? Explore all your financial aid options.


4)      Follow Through. You’re prepared with a plan and a path. Now it’s time to follow through. If you’re headed to career training, that means you won’t want to miss a single class. No excuses! Do all the required work, hand it on time. Ask lots of questions. Reach out to your teachers, and even your peers. You can learn a lot from one another. Let your family and friends know what you’re doing and where you’re headed. Remember, it’s okay to ask for a little help, whether you’re dropping kids off at grandma's, or accepting a meal from a friend. Eyes on the prize for a better career.


5)      Network. You can have a rock star resume and mad crazy skills at whatever profession you enter. But if you don’t know how to get the word out, you won’t get very far. Learn the importance of networking and how to do it here.


If you’re ready for a new career, we’re ready to help you get there. At Career Quest Learning Centers, we have programs in Business, Healthcare, Information Technology, and Paralegal Studies. Find out more now, by filling out the form and we’ll be in touch.



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