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Career Planning Guides

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Research

Research usually involves defining what it is you want to do and whether or not your choice is realistic. Let’s say you have decided to fulfill your lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian.

Once you do a little research, you will learn that veterinary school takes years to complete. There are only a few veterinary schools in the country and competition for the seats available in those classes is fierce. So becoming a veterinarian at middle age might not be a realistic choice.

On the other hand, there are plenty of other jobs and businesses that involve caring for animals. People love their pets and they spend a lot of money on them. With a little research, a middle-aged animal lover could find a realistic opportunity and learn how to take advantage of it.

The internet is a great source of information and it’s free. Of course not all of the information you see on the internet is honest. Some of the career advice you see is skewed. Even when it is honest, the information is not personalized.

If you find you are having a difficult time deciding what you want to do, a professional counselor or career coach can help. One of the things coaches can help you create is an educational plan.

Get Educated

You may be able to make a change without getting additional education. There are careers that overlap in terms of educational requirements.

On the other hand, you might find that what you want to do is quite different from what you have done in the past. In that case, you will need additional education. Don’t be afraid to sign up for college courses at your age. You will find students of all ages in today’s colleges and universities.

Get Experience

Another thing a career coach can help you do is figure out how to get some experience in your new field of choice. Employers want experienced employees. You might not want to spend years climbing the corporate ladder in order to get experience.

With careful planning, you should be able to get the experience you need while you are getting the education you need. You might even have some applicable experience that you are overlooking.

Career Planning for Creative Professionals

Friday, November 12th, 2010

From the day you graduate you have to have a plan for your career. It seems difficult if all you are looking for right now is a job. But if you don’t have some kind of plan, it is easy to get off track.

We all know someone that may have graduated with a degree in a specific field, only to wind up doing something completely different. It is easy to be scanned in accepting the first job offer. But where will it lead?

If you are walking out the doors of a fine institution in a cap and gown hoping to be an art director, you will be very unpleasantly surprised. Regardless of how talented you are, you will have to pay your dues like everyone else. If you are in a current job and have aspirations to run the programs or start your own firm, you need to have a strategy as well.

If your desire is to be a creative genius, accept that first job only if there is some creative aspect to it. Even if it is miserable, you need some experience. Stay about a year, then think about your next move. Take all the creative tasks you did on that job and put them on your profile to get the next job and the next one and the next one.

You have to be smart in picking locations. Ask yourself, is this opportunity to build a block to where I want to go? Will there be recognizable company names on my resume? Am I showing continuing progress in my creative profession? The role of production, as an assistant designer role, designer role, senior designer role – they all build toward your ultimate goal.

Finally, don’t hesitate to find a mentor and ask what steps they took to get where they are. You’ll be surprised. Usually it involves a string of bad jobs and then the door opens and everything changes. Envision where you want to be and mark it with a flag. Then plan the road trip to get there.