In today's economy, career training may be the answer for those who are experiencing layoffs or cutbacks, or just want to make a change. And it doesn't necessarily require four years of college or spending thousands of dollars!
Finding out what you want to do narrows down to what you can do. Are you good at math or computers? Art? Are you compassionate towards those who are in need? These traits or interests can be transferred into a real career.
Visit your local school district's website. They often offer low- or no-cost training programs at adult schools or occupational centers. These programs can usually be completed in less than two years. Some career training classes run for just a few weeks, and a certificate is awarded upon completion.
If the career you seek requires some college, visit the community colleges in your area, either online or in person. Nowadays, many colleges and universities offer online classes that can be completed anywhere in addition to their in-person sessions. These institutions also offer non-credit (or extension) classes in careers such as allied health, accounting/bookkeeping or computer information systems.
Getting trained for a new career sometimes requires only your time and dedication. Whether you want to learn a business from the bottom up or create an internship to accompany your classes, many companies are seeking volunteers. There are many sites with a wide database of private institutions and non-profit organizations that have openings year round. Most are usually flexible with work and family obligations and are willing to make adjustments for a mutually satisfying work experience.
When looking into career training, it is best to stay true to your goals. Going with hot trends, expensive learning facilities or just being there for the prospect of making more money is not always the best. If you are having doubts, speak with a career counselor at any of the institutions listed above; through a series of career assessments, you can find something that is a logical match.
Be cautious of institutions which seem to be more interested in getting you to sign a contract or be obligated to them in some way. Legitimate schools do not operate like this and should be reported.
Getting career training in whatever field you choose may be fun, challenging or a little of both. Remember, your full potential can be reached if you take the transition seriously and take the time to find the program that is meant for you!