Tips For Choosing A New Career With The Jung Career Indicator Test

Congratulations on your decision to further your education! Returning to school to seek a new career that will lead to job security and stability is a wise decision but may be overwhelming at first and one that requires a bit of research and careful consideration. At this point you may be wondering where to begin and what career path to choose? The idea to return to school is not a difficult one, in fact many actively contemplate this thought but few people act upon it. Generally speaking one of the first factors most people think about when choosing a new career is the potential salary. However if money is the only deciding factor then the person may be neglecting the simple principle of happiness and as a result the person may find themselves unfulfilled in a new career regardless of income. Therefore it is essential to also consider a profession that also meets the individual’s interests, and personality traits and not simply the money aspect.

For this reason it is recommended to begin with a personality and career test such as the “Jung Typology Test” and the “Jung Career Indicator” both are offered for free by Human Metrics. These are simple questions with “yes” and “no” answers and only take a few minutes to complete and give instant results. When taking this test it is highly recommended to go with your gut feeling, meaning don’t over analyze the question, just answer it truthfully, don’t give the answer that you think you should answer, instead the honest one. The results will only help guide you in your search for a new career or college program. In addition the Jung Career Indicator Test also provides potential career matches to consider such as Nursing, Computer Technician, Medical Transcription, and Graphic Designer just to mention a few. This test is especially important because not only does it match the personality to the career but it also provides a list of reputable local colleges such as:

  • Devry University
  • SCIT
  • Bryman College
  • West Coast University
  • Everest College
  • Fullerton College

Keep in mind the above list are not your only options for schools, there are many choices and various programs that range from short achievable online certificate programs, two-year Associates Degree programs and more advanced degrees. There are alternate online programs also available that will help you achieve your academic goals such as:

  • Western Governors University
  • Devry University
  • Career Step
  • Future MT

To summarize it is important to consider salary, but that should not be the only deciding factor primarily because neglecting the individual’s personal preferences or personality traits may lead dissatisfaction. So begin by first discovering some traits about yourself by taking the two free tests offered on Human Metrics, narrow down a few career options, then look into some of the local colleges and chose the one that best fits your needs. The “bottom line” is to start your search for a new career now, it is never too soon or too late and the Jung Career Indicator Test is a good starting point. Remember it is free, quick and simple so don’t procrastinate and get started now.

Our Kids Face More Chronic Illnesses Unless We Change What They Eat at School

One-third to one-half of children born since 2000 will acquire Type 2 diabetes in their lifetime. Many others will face chronic obesity-related health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, asthma and breast cancer.

If present trends hold, our children will be the first in the nation’s history not to live longer than their parents according to the National Institute of Health and school lunches are contributing to the problem. There are a number of school systems, however, that have successfully changed the way our kids eat.

Schools Lunches: Unwrap-and-Heat High Calories and Low Nutrition

The best description for school lunch food is “fast-food” said pediatrician AyalaLaufer Cahan MD. “Overall, it’s salty, sweet and fatty; the meat is breaded and highly processed – even the fruit and vegetables aren’t fresh for the most part. Most of the schools have no kitchens and just unwrap and heat foods,” she said.

The school meals, however, are not the only problem. There are also the food and beverages sold in the cafeteria or vending machines which make up a big part of what kids actually eat while they’re in school.

Kids spend half their waking hours in school and consume half of their daily calories while on campus. Changing school food is critical in the effort to combat obesity.

Communities Are Finding Ways to Improve School Lunches

From the Food Network Star Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution and Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign to Chicago’s Healthy Schools Campaign, there are a number of nation-wide and local efforts to improve how our kids eat.

Cook for America™, founded by Kate Adamick, JD and Chef Andrea Martin, LLC, focuses on training and empowering school food service personnel to provide healthy, cooked-from-scratch school meals through five-day culinary boot camps. Offered nation-wide, they are now running a series of boot camps in Colorado.

“We use a lot of culinary language.We move into knife skills.We give them French terms to understand what they are actually doing.We do basic cooking techniques and put them in chef whites.We had kids walk by the classroom the other day and they said, “Oh, look at all the chefs in the room. So, we start to give them a sense of identity,” said Martin.

They also teach them “stealth health”, i.e. how to hide the vegetables so the kids will eat them; for example, blending vegetables in the spaghetti sauce or adding pureed squash to the macaroni and cheese. “The issue is not that kids won’t eat it.The issue is, the adults think the kids won’t eat it.And it is almost universal that we see the kids really do eat it,” said Adamick.

Ann Cooper, author of Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed Our Children, along with Martin, Adamick and Alice Waters, transformed the Berkeley, California school lunch program from “100 percent of the food arriving in plastic, reheated in plastic, and served to the kids in plastic,” to a program that includes:

  • Salad bars in all schools
  • Removal of 95% of the processed foods
  • Hormone- and antibiotic-free milk
  • Fresh fruit and vegetables served daily
  • Most foods made from scratch
  • Organic or whole wheat rolls
  • 50% of rice, brown
  • Majority of food purchased locally
  • Natural and grass fed hamburgers and hotdogs

Needs Parents to Help Make It Happen

On August 4th,Congress passed The Child Nutrition Bill which allocates $4.5 billion over a decade to support school cafeterias and introduce new standards for food sold in schools, including vending machines.

The impact from this, however, will take time, and it’s not enough. Schools can meet the program requirements for school lunches in any way they choose – as long as nutrition satisfies the federal guidelines. The National School Lunch Program is implemented on a national level and administered on a state level. Local school authorities make decisions on the specific foods and meals prepared and served.

Improving school lunch programs will need to be done at the local level and it will take more than just the school cooks to make it happen.

If you want to improve the school lunch program in your district, chances are there is a way. Two good resources for starting are Ann Cooper’s book Lunch Lessons which gives readers the tools to transform the way children everywhere interact with food. Another is Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign which outlines steps to success for parents, schools, the community, elected officials, kids, community leaders and chefs.

Cooper says school cafeterias have $2.40 per day to spend on each kid – 70 percent of which goes to payroll and overhead. That leaves 72 cents to spend on ingredients. So it takes more than what most schools have budgeted to improve school lunches but it can be done.

The Berkeley program is a partnership among the Berkeley Unified School District, the Center for Ecoliteracy, and the Chez Panisse Foundation. Colorado schools are receiving support from several foundations and federal stimulus funds. Chicago’s program is supported by Applegate Farms. So there is support out there.

“I feel very empowered,” said school cook Shannon Soloman, a Cook for America™ boot camp graduate and mother of five who just lost 100 pounds. “I want to bring my education to the kids.That is where my heart, that’s where my passion is.Five-star restaurants are great and I love the chef learning I had right now but impacting the lives of our children and bringing that to our school district, it’s the most important thing to me right now in my life.”

Choosing a College – Five Questions You Thought Were Too Dumb To Ask

Choosing a college is one of the first steps to take in college planning. Some students choose colleges impulsively and for the wrong reasons. Others put some real time and effort into the college search to make sure they have chosen schools with a good fit.

Many times parents and students have questions and they don’t know where to turn for answers. Sometimes they think their questions are too dumb to ask. Here are 5 recent questions I have been asked about choosing a college.

1. How do we begin the process? I think it is important for students to do some self-reflection and consider what it is that they want in a college experience. They should write down the answers so that they have some criteria to go on. What locations are preferable and is there a size range that seems comfortable? Do you need a city nearby or is a small town more appealing? Are there activities you want to pursue and how available are they? How much academic challenge do you want?

2. Do we need to know what our child wants to major in before we start our college search? With few exceptions, students do not need to know what they want to pursue as a major. Choosing a college that offers a wide variety of majors will give students a chance to explore many different options. Many students do not declare a major until the second semester of their sophomore year. If I have a student who expresses an interest in engineering, obviously I want them to look at schools that offer an engineering program.

3. What if we don’t know about many schools? You need to find a place to start. For a while, some of your research might be hit and miss. There are websites that provide a list of schools based on criteria that your student checks off. Some of these schools may be appropriate and some may not. You can visit different college websites and get a feel for what is important to the school. There are some good books at the library that can also help you begin choosing a college. High school counselors and educational consultants can also assist with putting together an initial list.

4. Are public colleges and universities better than private schools? Some students prefer a large public university because they want to go to school with a lot of people. They don’t object to large lecture classes and they like the idea of being anonymous in a big school. Sometimes they are also less expensive. Other students want a smaller college with more discussion classes, getting to know their professors and having more opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities. Some private schools are more expensive, but they can also be very generous with their financial aid and scholarships.

5. How many schools should our teenager consider? I usually suggest that students keep an open mind when choosing a college. Sometimes teens change their minds from the initial college search to the time they begin the college application process. With college admissions as unpredictable as it is, I think students should apply to at least 5-7 schools.

Ten Things to Consider About Your Career Decision

In a competitive environment, career decisions are often considered as one of the most important decisions. However, we know that not everyone’s career is smooth sailing. In fact, most of us go through stages of growth, challenges, turbulence, and discovery before we finally arrive at the right destination. Often this process is long and painful, and through this ardous process, we may have missed several boats on the way to success!

A few things that are useful to consider at cross roads in our career decisions:

What’s your passion?

Things such as your hobbies, interests, things that you enjoy doing, or things that you like, can be potential clues showing where your passion lies. Activities that you enjoy and that give you a certain sense of satisfaction and accomplishments are usually good indicators for your career direction.

What do you value as a reward?

Reward system is an important aspect while deciding a career, and different people usually value reward differently. Start by asking yourself what is reward to you? Money, prestige, recognition, life style, health, fame are all rewards.

Be pragmatic and realistic

Nothing beats old fashioned pragmatism and realism. When deciding which career path to choose, you need to make sure that it is pragmatic and realistic. There is no point in getting a job that you enjoy but in which you are unable to sustain a livelihood. Ultimately, a career or a job is a way to sustain a living; as such, realistic and pragmatic factors such as (1) supply and demand for a profession, (2) monetary compensation, and (3) your expected standard of living must also be considered.

Find out your strengths and weakness.

Knowing your strengths and weaknesses will give you insights about what resources you have and which areas in your live you need to improve on. In addition, this information will help you identify which career is suitable for you, and whether you have the qualities that are required for the job.

Know your personality.

Personality plays a huge role in an individual’s career success. Having expert technical skills does get you the job. However, if a person wants to excel in his/her career, personality matters. It will determine how well you get along with your bosses, colleagues, clients, and other relevant people.

Emotional Intelligence.

As with personality type, having a healthy level of emotional intelligence is a must for good career progression. Working well in teams and having good relationships with your colleagues are as important as having good technical skills. Not everyone is born with good emotional intelligence. However, the good news is, emotional intelligence can be learned and developed. So those who know that they are low on emotional intelligence, fret not, because you can change things around by seeking the right help.

Take a psychological test.

Psychological testing for personality type, emotional intelligence, career profiling, competencies, and aptitudes are often overlooked. However, these tests can give you valuable insights on otherwise undisclosed/undiscovered area in your life and personality. These are useful tools that can help you save time and opportunity cost while attempting to decide on a career choice.

Do some research on possible careers and their characteristics.

Knowing yourself is a start. Now you need to find out what the jobs that you have in mind are like. Online research for career description can be helpful in giving you an idea of what the characteristics of the job are.

Talk to professionals in the field.

Opinions and advice from professionals who are already in the field is a great way to get information about a specific career. An understanding the nature of the job, and insights on the expectations for a specific job constitute valuable knowledge to have while assessing your potential career choices. Career fairs and job internships are great way to start getting industry related information and experience.

Get career advice

The quickest way to address career concerns is to get help. Like any therapist or consultant, career advisors can help you gain insights about your strengths, weaknesses, personality, and make recommendations on a career that you will find rewarding.

Schools Are About Learning – Learning Is About Relationships

Schools are about relationships. Learning is about relationships. We learn in relationship to ideas and concepts, and in relationships with others.

As long as we gather our children together in schools, the adults who care for and teach them are without question among the most important people in their lives. Schools are communities that should be first and foremost devoted to learning. All too often other agendas get in the way of learning. Other agendas might include an administrator’s desire to advance his or her career, a teacher’s desire to do the same or to avoid the additional work that comes with being a member of a team devoted unremittingly to each student’s success, or a board’s efforts to take the school in a different direction than that of its mission. Agendas in schools other than being totally devoted to learning are sad and unfortunate. But, let’s not despair. Many teachers and administrators have as their primary objective the learning and welfare of their students. They approach each day with passion for teaching and learning, and compassion for their students.

Here are some questions that you may wish to ponder about your school and colleagues. I offer them in the spirit of learning. They were helpful during my days as a school leader.

  • Do teachers in my school believe that professional growth and renewal are of the utmost importance?
  • Do teachers in my school believe that setting the highest attainable academic and social standards for students is essential, and that this constitutes one of our faculty’s most basic values?
  • Do teachers in my school believe that being on the student’s side and wishing for them conspicuous, daily success form two of our faculty’s most fundamental goals?
  • Do teachers in my school believe that disciplinary steps and/or confrontations with students must be conducted in ways that leave students’ dignity intact?
  • Do teachers in my school believe that rendering assistance to one’s colleagues is of crucial importance?
  • Are casual conversations among faculty members constructive, upbeat and professional?
  • Do I have complete trust in my school colleagues?
  • Do I have great respect for my school administrators?
  • Does my school administration give active support to, and establish an active engagement with, all school faculty members?
  • Does my school administration powerfully support proactive communication with, and service to, each student’s parents?

Imagine being in a school where you and your colleagues are totally devoted to professional growth and your students. What a lovely place to be.

Critical Admissions Requirements to Get Into Engineering Colleges

Gaining admission to Engineering Colleges can be tough, based upon which college you apply to. Top universities, such as Stanford University and MIT can reject admission to even the ideal individuals, whilst programs at smaller less well known colleges can have less demanding requirements.

You’ll want to suit your planning to your preferred schools, but there are some standard principles that apply in general. As well as contemplating your engineering requirements you will also have to look at the general entry requirements to the university – these must be met at the very least.

Standardized Tests

More or less all colleges will require results from a choice between the SAT or ACT tests. Most colleges accept either test without preference. Colleges that are known for Engineering programs will have more transparent requirements for math and science results, however if you are considering a liberal arts school or general undergraduate program that doesn’t ask you to declare your engineering major upfront, you ought to still consider the science requirements so you have the basis for studying engineering eventually within your degree – don’t forget just because a college’s general admission doesn’t require algebra doesn’t guarantee the engineering school won’t.

Most engineering programs will ask for a minimum of 4 years English, Math and Science. For more competitive colleges you will have to take no less than one Math and one Science test, as well as the SAT reasoning or ACT writing test. Advanced Placement programs will be required for the more competitive schools.

Hardly any colleges release recommended scores but better schools will demand 660 plus writing and 730 math, and the more competitive will need even more.

Extra Curricula Activities

The majority of colleges claim to be looking for ‘well rounded’ candidates with more than just good test scores. The fact is that without very good test scores you will not gain admission to top institutions, however good test scores alone are not enough. In spite of the schools claiming they’re trying to find a diversified cohort, most top engineering colleges have a fairly standardized look about them. Not so much well rounded as over achiever.

However even less competitive colleges want students to have a lot more than test scores. Participation in extra curricula activities – particularly those of a non-academic character, are viewed positively. Clubs, sports, volunteer work all qualify.

Grade point average

Like test scores, a necessary GPA is not generally publicized by colleges. But like test scores, obviously higher is best. The most competitive colleges will be looking a score someplace near 4.0. Other colleges can be in the 3.2 to 3.5 range. Engineering programs have a tendency to be competitive.

Students from outside the US

Individuals from nations other than the US will certainly need to meet the same prerequisites as US students, as well as in addition those whose native language isn’t English will have to supply TOEFL or IELTS English language test scores.

Additional requirements

Different engineering colleges and programs may have additional requirements including portfolios, interviews and essays.

The Most Important Requirement

The most critical requirement for entry into an engineering college is a love of critical analysis and problem solving. Much more than any other characteristics these are what clearly define a successful engineering scholar from an unsuccessful one.

5 Personal Growth Tips That Will Boost Your Career

Work skills and capabilities are said to deteriorate with passage of time, as the brain undergoes the natural process of ageing. In such a scenario, how can one guarantee that personal growth is never compromised and the career always sees an upward swing? Here we have enlisted 5 ways in which you can enhance your personal growth and in turn give your career a much needed boost.

Be a pleasurable figure

Are you wondering how putting up a happy face will help you boost your career? Yes, the best thing one can do to reach new career heights in tough recessionary times is to be light hearted and positive. This doesn’t, however, mean that cracking jokes and making funny remarks should become a part of your personality. A pleasurable figure is the one who is very approachable and helpful towards the surroundings. Always filling yourself up with positivity and sharing good vibes will help in planning well for your future. One can successfully interpret future only when there is a certain degree of light heartedness. So if you are planning to give a major boost to your career, do so with a big smile on your face. Studies have proved that over 60% of bosses all around the world feel that happy people are great at work and always work harder than their subordinates. Happy people often have great interpersonal skills and energy to make things happen as they want to.

Develop an alternative career plans

What are the first thoughts that cross your mind when we talk about developing an alternative career plan? Is an up-gradation of position, taking up a new job or taking up a new role in similar domain? Most of the people would hardly see developing alternative career plans as a positive step towards boosting their career. But it becomes a necessity in uncertain times like these, because having an alternate plan for your career is like setting up tone for a true change in the direction. Career changes are increasingly being observed around us. If you are well educated and have years of experience that help you take risks, shifting to a new career endeavor could be beneficial for you. For example an alternative career plan can involve shifting from an established company job to a start-up, setting up your own entrepreneurial venture or completely adopting a new career path, like a doctor opening up an NGO or a lawyer taking up academics.

Make networking a habit

Networking should be a part of your daily life. It should not be an activity done occasionally or when the need arises. Schedule your Outlook with weekly reminders to make calls to recruiters, industry friends and HR professionals. Be very active on LinkedIn, do intelligent personal branding by sharing views, writing articles, joining professional groups.

Test your prospective market

Have you ever tested your employability quotient? Are you aware of the raise you are capable of getting in the next 5 years? How is the new competition in the market going to impact your job prospects? What are the economic situations of your industry in the near future?

These are just a few questions you can ask yourself for evaluating your employability quotient. It is like a small exercise that will benefit your career planning initiatives and make it easier for you to take corrective measures as and when needed. Timely assessment of new job prospects will help you assess what you are doing or not doing correctly to get a much needed career boost.

Learn and Unlearn

Studies have proved the fact that more educated and experienced professionals are less likely to observe a career related decline. Better learning abilities release more neurons in the brains, which will boost your productivity in the near future. New learning will guarantee more exposure and development of ability to meet future challenges.

Healthy Faculty Culture Is Essential to Creating Excellent Schools

Faculty culture plays a major role in student achievement. Students in schools with a healthy faculty culture perform better than their peers in schools with an unhealthy faculty culture. Yet, most school improvement efforts do not focus on developing and maintaining a healthy faculty culture. School leaders are often reluctant to systematically assess faculty culture out of fear that the findings may be threatening. Yet, to the contrary, the perspectives of faculty are among the most valuable to a school leader interested in developing strong leadership skills. To create a learning environment in which students excel academically, socially and intellectually schools must be vigilant about assessing and improving faculty culture.

One way to assess faculty culture is to survey the faculty about perceptions, beliefs, ideas and assumptions that ultimately create the faculty’s common perspectives and performance. Teachers complete it anonymously using a scale of one to five. The results indicate the areas in which faculty culture is healthy and those that need to be improved. Typically, a school consultant facilitates the process and uses the information to in the context of school improvement or faculty and staff development plan. Here are some examples of items that might be included in the survey.

  1. Teachers in my school are committed to professional growth. They participate in in-service training at school, attend conferences and workshops, and clearly convey in their actions and words that professional development is vital.
  2. Faculty members in my school establish high and realistic academic standards for students. One of our fundamental values is challenge our students academically while providing the support they need to be successful.
  3. In my school, teachers establish high and achievable social standards for students. They believe that the social and behavioral success of students is as important as academic success and that students’ social welfare is one of our basic values.
  4. Teachers in my school believe that their primary responsibility is to help their students be successful. They are devoted to their students and go the second mile to help them whenever possible.
  5. Faculty members in my school treat students respectfully at all times, including times when they need to address a student’s unsatisfactory behavior. They consistently model the behavior they expect from their students.
  6. Faculty members in my school value working together collaboratively, assisting one another, sharing resources and generally helping out whenever possible.
  7. In the faculty room, hallways and wherever teachers get together to chat, conversations are typically productive, cheerful and professional.
  8. I totally trust my teaching colleagues.
  9. I totally trust my school administrators.
  10. The administrators in my school actively support teachers and do their best to help them be successful.
  11. Teachers and administrators in my school communicate professionally with parents and seek to keep them informed about the school and their child’s progress.

Based on the results, schools can identify areas that must be addressed to improve faculty culture. Regardless of the instrument a school may choose to use, faculty culture assessment and improvement should be an ongoing part of school evaluation and goal-setting. Ensuring the health of the faculty is paramount to creating and maintaining an excellent school.

Choose The Most Suitable College In West Virginia and Wisconsin Today!

There is a great variety of colleges situated in the states of West Virginia & Wisconsin. All of them are quite different, that is why you are welcome to choose the one that would meet your professional needs and interests in the best way. The age of students who decide to enter one of the colleges in the states of West Virginia & Wisconsin is not important. Age doesn’t play an important role, it is much more important if the managers, directors and staff of a college fulfill their job responsibilities accordingly. In fact, in West Virginia many people are greatly surprised to get to know that some colleges are much younger than one hundred years and at the same time they have more achievements than some of the traditional old higher educational institutions. Probably the major reason for this process is that the new institutions work hard in order to reach the higher level so to compete with the colleges which have always been highly competitive.

So, let us review ones of the best colleges situated in the states of West Virginia & Wisconsin. The Concord University was founded immediately after the end of the Civil War at the end of the nineteenth century. Students who visit this university originate from over twenty other states of the United States of America and sixteen various countries of the world only due to its reputation. The greater part of the programs and degrees provided to their students are specially meant to meet professional interests and needs of each student studying at The Concord University. Some of the most popular programs an individual may visit while studying in this university include psychology, social work, accounting, as well as computer science.

There is another university in West Virginia – the Huntington Junior College which belongs to those small and less famous colleges of the state. The university was founded in the year of 1936 and since that time the Huntington Junior College received its accreditation. The Huntington Junior College offers high-rate training programs in a great number of different fields, including accounting, dentistry, as well as office administration. Nevertheless, the distance learning offered by the Huntington Junior College has made this university rather popular among foreign students who have no opportunity to attend the university every day. Besides, other great advantages of the Huntington Junior College include low costs of the programs, their availability and reliability. In addition, the university provides its students with the shorter courses enabling people to complete the programs in a much less period of time and to start building their successful career. In comparison with other universities of the kind the studying process in the latter takes more time in order to obtain the same degree.

Speaking about the state of Wisconsin it has to be mentioned that the colleges which are situated there are really world wide famous. The University of Wisconsin is probably the most popular and important one among those institutions offering generally accepted regular classes. The University of Wisconsin gives education to foreign students coming from many other countries of the world. Besides, the university has offices in the biggest cities of the United States of America. It is important to emphasize that during completing the course you have chosen you may also get the common degree simultaneously.

All of the colleges situated in Wisconsin emphasize more some particular specialty. Thus, you will be offered to choose among such educational options as the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, the Lakeside School of Massage Therapy, the Visions in Hair Design Institute of Cosmetology, or the Columbia College of Nursing. However, it is necessary to say that the greater part of universities in Wisconsin intend to offer their students the whole variety of different kinds of courses.

The state of Wisconsin is proud of the successful online ITT Technical Institute, which continues to be one of the most popular and well-known online schools in many countries of the world, not only in the United States of America. ITT Technical Institute offers curriculum, directed to obtaining associate’s and bachelor’s degrees and is meant to help students to start making their career opportunities in a great number of different fields, like:

– Information Systems Security
– Computer and Electronics Engineering Technology
– Technical Project Management
– Criminal Justice
– Software Applications and Programming
– Business Administration
– Multimedia
– Computer Drafting and Design
– Web Development
– Computer Network Systems

While choosing the most suitable college in West Virginia & Wisconsin you will need to consider at first what course you would like to complete. The matter is that you are offered a great variety of different professional options available in West Virginia & Wisconsin, it won’t be an easy task to make a decision of the best university. That is why it is really important to decide what kind of career you would like to choose at first. Pay special attention to your natural abilities and inclinations, think about what practice you may have already, then it will be much easier to make a correct decision. After you have decided what sort of a career you would like to obtain make the choice of the most suitable college in West Virginia & Wisconsin. In order to do it you will need to check up all the necessary educational establishments, compare the information receive about them and then make your decision as to what university to enter. Pay special attention to the accreditation of the institute, otherwise your diploma will be nothing more than a piece of paper which won’t be accepted by most of employers in future. Finally, it is necessary to add that the main difference between the colleges in Wisconsin consists mostly in their reputation as well as the living surrounding in the campuses, offered additional activities, entertainment and organizations.

The Most Important Steps to a Successful Career Change

People seek to change careers for a lot of different reasons. Some maybe interested in a new career because their career goals have changed or may have discovered new interests or may wish to have more money with a flexible time.

It’s crucial that you take time to evaluate your present situation and explore career options to choose a more satisfying job. And because we spend so much of our lives at work, it’s very important that we must get it right.

With that in mind, here are some of the most important questions to ask yourself when considering a career change.

  1. Do you have problems with your existing job? Can you fix it?

When considering a career change, it’s great to try to fix current problems with your existing job instead of moving into an unknown new one. Are you dissatisfied with the work itself or it has something to do with your boss or are you just being attacked by boredom? Are there some ways you could do to deal with that? Could you ask for promotion to keep you engaged or a pay raise to increase your feeling of being valued? It’s good to ask yourself these questions first before you decide to make a career change.

  1. Do you have the right skills needed to succeed in a new career?

Some of your skills might from your current job might be transferable but there are some skills you need to gain in order to succeed in a new career.

Are you ready to start as a trainee to gain relevant experience? Can you support yourself in terms of finance if your salary decreases?

  1. Do you have a development plan in place?

If you’re going ahead with a career change, it’s important to develop a development plan that helps you understand exactly what you need to do at every stage of your career change journey. By setting clear career goals and the steps you need to do to get where you want to be, you can easily navigate yourself towards your ultimate goal.

Review these tips in making the move in changing careers.

  • Analyze your current job satisfaction. Keep a note of your daily reactions and feelings on your job situation. What are the things you like and dislike? Is your dissatisfaction related to your work, company culture or the people you work with?
  • Determine your interests and skills. Review past experiences and identify preferred activities and roles.
  • Contemplate alternative careers. Research for career options and brainstorm for ideas for career alternatives.
  • Check out career options. Evaluate several fields to identify few targets for a research. You can find a lot of information online by simple Googling jobs of your interest.
  • Find contacts. Search out as much as you can about those fields and reach out to personal contacts in those fields. A good source of contacts for informational interviewers is your alumni career network.
  • Try it out. Look for freelance activities related to your target field to test your interest.
  • Develop new skills. Look for new ways to upgrade your skills in your current job which would open the way for a change. If your company offers trainings, sign up and attend for many classes as you can.
  • Consider alternative roles in your industry. Consider a new job in the same industry which would expand the knowledge on the industry you already have.

When you’re ready to start applying for jobs in your new industry, make sure to have a resume and a cover letter that reflects your aspirations and are based on your new goals.