The new year is here, and now is the perfect time to start your journey to a new career. Each new year brings fresh ideas, goals, and opportunities. If you start working toward your goals and taking advantage of new opportunities now, you will be well into your journey of starting a new career by the end of the year.
This week, we’re sharing with you the steps you need to take to begin working toward your new career in the new year!
Choose Your Career Path
The first thing you need to do is decide which career path you want to pursue. Many options are available, such as healthcare, business, government, nonprofit, and more. Choosing which career path is right for you is a very personal choice, and you should take time to consider the different options.
One great way to help make this decision is to consider your interests and strengths. Everyone has their unique talents and is good at different things, which can help guide your career choice. For example, if you want to help others and are interested in the healthcare field, a career in nursing may be a great choice for you.
For some of you, you may already know exactly what you want to be. Maybe you have always dreamed of being a business professional or working in a dentist’s office. If this applies to you, you are already a step ahead in starting your new career.
If you don’t yet know what you want to do as a career, consider taking our East Ohio College Career Test to help you figure it out. By answering a few questions about yourself, you will gain insight and direction on the career choice that may be best for you.
Get the Training You Need
Once you’ve decided on the career you want to begin; it’s time to get the training you will need. Different careers require different types of training, so you will need to research what specific training is required for your career choice. For example, a career in nursing requires different credentials than a career in dental assisting.
It would help if you also considered what learning environment you work best in. Are you someone who can sit in a large classroom and learn from an instructor as they lecture? Or are you the type of person who needs hands-on training to learn new skills? Answering these questions about yourself can help you choose the type of training best suited for your unique needs.
If you need to balance family, work, and school as you earn your degree, an online program may be a great choice for you. At East Ohio College, we offer online degree programs in Medical Assisting and Medical Billing/Administration. These exciting programs give students the opportunity to complete their courses from home in a convenient format and gain hands-on experience through interactive labs and externships.
When choosing the right training option for you, it’s also good to consider the length of the program. Most programs at traditional universities are completed in four to six years, but some students do not want to spend that much time in school. If you want to earn your degree and start your career quicker, an accelerated degree program may work better for you.
There are significant benefits to enrolling in a short-term degree program, including the ability to start your career faster and only taking classes you need for your chosen career field. At East Ohio College, our career-focused college degree programs equip you will with the skills you need in less than two years.
Apply for Open Opportunities
After you’ve gotten the training you need for your new career, it’s time to begin applying for job opportunities. To start, do some research on any company you are interested in working for. Check out their website and social media pages to get an idea of what it would be like to work for the company. Make a list of any companies you think would be a good fit for you.
You will need to update your resume and LinkedIn profile before applying to jobs. Ensure your resume and LinkedIn have current information for your education, experience, skills, certifications, and anything relevant to your career. After you make these updates, have a friend look over your resume and LinkedIn to ensure no spelling or grammar mistakes.
You’re ready to search for available openings. Take your list of potential companies and go to their website or search for them on a job board to find any open positions they currently have. Set up alerts on career sites like Indeed, Monster, or LinkedIn, and apply to the positions that you are qualified for.
Be sure to use specific keywords for your job title or career path when you search these job sites. For example, if you are searching for open nursing positions, you should use keywords like “nurse” or “registered nurse.” You can also reach out to anyone in your professional network who may be hiring and tell them you are looking for an open position.
Start Today With East Ohio College
If you’re ready to start working toward your new career in the new year, we are here to help! At East Ohio College, we offer short-term college degree programs that give you the training you need to start your new career in less than two years.
Explore our fast-track programs in Nursing, LPN to RN Bridge, Medical Assisting, Dental Assisting, Medical Billing/Administration, Business Administration, Online Medical Assisting, and Online Medical Billing/Administration!
Contact us today at 330-385-1070 or request information now to get started on your new career!