U.S. Working Adults Want To Change Careers. Take These Steps To Make Your Change A Success
North American Precis Syndicate
Study shows most people would change careers—if they knew how. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—If you or someone you know is thinking about changing careers, you're
far from alone. In fact, according to recently released findings from a University of Phoenix
survey, 58 percent of U.S.
working adults are interested in a new career. Among those interested in
changing careers, 81 percent still identify barriers that keep them from
The most cited barriers include the 29 percent who say they cannot afford
to start over again, while 24 percent said they do not know what new
direction they would take, or feel they lack adequate education or
experience. Compared to those with at least a bachelor's degree (13 percent),
27 percent of those without a bachelor's degree identify a lack of education
as a barrier.
What To Do
It can be overwhelming to make a career change but for those looking to
pivot their career, three steps can help.
• First, know yourself. What do you want to change? For many, the path to
a rewarding career starts by understanding what motivates their desire to
change careers. It might be a poor fit with your current company or interest
in another field. Remember to take a step back and understand the opportunities
involved, as well as the barriers.
• Next, know what you are getting into. Research the field before
committing to a change. Network and meet with people currently working in the
career you want. Try volunteering in the field in which you are interested.
For example, if you are looking to be in a more creative line of work, ask if
you can sit in on a meeting in your company's marketing or creative
• Finally, you don't have to start over. Instead, leverage your past
experience that may translate well in another industry.
"With an ever-expanding job market, we anticipate the trend toward new
career paths will only grow stronger," said University of Phoenix® School of Business Executive Dean Ruth Veloria.
"Many adults, including those well established in their careers, are
re-entering the workforce or staying in the workforce much longer. By
collaborating with industry leaders to identify relevant skills, professional
development opportunities and market needs, we aim to help all adults,
regardless of career level, to become lifelong learners and meet their career
objectives." Additionally, Veloria points out that
you must know your intended field well.
The pace of change and innovation today means many workers can find
themselves short on the skills needed to adapt. The most successful career
changers perform honest assessments of their skills, volunteer, network or
establish mentor relationships to make their career leap. To help achieve
your career aspirations, address the gaps that make it hard to achieve your
ultimate goals and seek out relevant professional development courses that
Where To Turn
You may turn to education as a next step in your career change. In the
same survey, when asked what might encourage workers to get additional
education to pursue a career change, working adults identified online classes
(35 percent), flexible course schedules (32 percent) and accelerated or
fast-track curriculum (29 percent).
For further information about University of Phoenix® School of Business, visit www.phoenix.edu/business.
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