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Changing Careers
Career Services for Alumni

We understand that not every first job is a perfect fit. We know that it can be hard to change your lifestyle, job and possibly relocate but perhaps we can help. You are on this website, that is your first step, let's keep going. Below you will see a list of a few questions you need to ask yourself and get started with while looking for a new place of employment. Make sure to keep a journal of likes and dislikes, hours, pay, environment, and skills; by making sure you are aware of what suits you best, the better off you will be in finding that job that truly fits.

  1. Evaluate your current job satisfaction. Keep a journal of your daily reactions to your job situation and look for recurring themes. Which aspects of your current job do you like/dislike? Are your dissatisfactions related to the content of your work, your company culture or the people with whom you work?
  2. Assess your interests, values and skills. Use the links above to take a career inventory and review past successful roles, volunteer work, projects and jobs to identify preferred activities and skills.
  3. Brainstorm ideas for career alternatives by discussing your core values/skills/interests with friends, family, networking contacts and counselors.
  4. Read as much as you can about those fields and reach out to personal contacts in those arenas for informational interviews.
  5. Look for ways to develop new skills in your current job which would pave the way for a change. If your company offers in-house training, sign up for as many classes as you can.
  6. Consider alternative roles within your current industry which would utilize the industry knowledge you have already gained. (Source: About.com from Mike Profita)
  7. Identify your transferable skills. What skills and experiences do you have that would be utilized in a new job environment or career track.

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