The clock is ticking closer to midnight, what’s going to be your promise for the future? Go to the gym or be more organized? Or is 2017 the year you finally put that dead-end job behind you and get into a real career?
Here’s how to get started:
Take a look in the mirror
Not literally, but if you really want to make a change for the better, you need to consider who you are and what you want. Think about what you’re really good at and the kinds of careers that might be a fit. Have you always dreamed of helping others? Maybe a career in healthcare would be a perfect match. Or maybe you’re fascinated by the courtroom dramas you see on TV, but thought the only way into a legal career was to go to law school. Not so! You could work right alongside an attorney as a paralegal. Or be in an actual courtroom as a court reporter.
Do Your Research
Don’t fall for misconceptions and myths about a job or an industry. Do your own research. Find people who already work in the field you’re considering, and ask them questions. Lots of questions! What do they love about their careers? What are the challenges? How did they get there? What kind of career training did they need? Are they happy?
Professionals who love what they do also love to talk about it. If they think you’re serious, they may even consider mentoring you as you get started in your new career. Sometimes all you have to do is ask.
Consider your Location
As you think about what you want to do, consider where you want to live. You’re just not going to become a tropical ship captain, if you don’t live in the tropics. But did you know that some states, like New York, are top employers of Medical Billing and Coding Specialists and Medical Secretaries?1/2 And if you want to be a court reporter, no state pays better wages than New York!3
Get the Right Training
Whatever career you choose, you’ll need to learn it before you can do it. Look for a program that will teach you the fundamentals of your new profession and more. Here’s what to look for:
- Top-notch classroom instruction
- Taught by professionals from the field
- Training on modern technologies
- Opportunities to practice what you’re taught
- Career service assistance
Believe in Yourself!
Whatever career path you choose, set your goal, make a plan, follow through and believe in yourself. Let everyone know you’re making a move for the better and accept their help and support.
At New York Career Institute, we’ve been training people like you for great careers for over 75 years. If you’d like to turn 2017 into your year, contact us today to find out what we can do to help. We can’t wait to meet you!