Focus On Your Future

Regardless of your age, educational level, or career preference, one of the foundational elements to having a successful job search is to first figure out what kind of position you are seeking. To reach your desired destination you need to have a goal or target set. I call this “What I want to be when I grow up.” Labor market experts estimate that the average adult will change careers at least four times (approximately once every ten years). For many of us, this means we are likely going to “grow” several times during our work life. Sometimes change and growth can be painful, so in this blog I would like to share some tips to help you focus when choosing a career path.

Self-Assessment
One of the first steps to determine which direction to head with your career is to take a good look at yourself. Be sure to consider your interests, likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses. Check out some online quizzes that suggest career paths based on these characteristics, such as the Keirsey Temperament Sorter and the O-Net Interest Profiler. And last not but not least, take advantage of the Evaluating Your Skills seminar offered by Workforce Solutions to help you as you explore your options.

Labor Market Research
Another step to identify a target job and establish your career path is to research what is happening in the employment market. Here are some websites to help you:

O-Net is a national source to gather information. Occupations that are growing at a 20% or faster rate are denoted with a sunshine symbol.

The Workforce Solutions website offers up to date information on what is happening in the Gulf Coast labor market, including a list of jobs that are experiencing growth.

This site also contains profiles called “Focus On” Guides with detailed information on local industries and occupations that are experiencing growth. These guides offer an overview of what the industry or occupation is like, the expectations for growth, education requirements, and salaries just to name a few.

If you have never considered the Energy or Healthcare Industries, now is a good time to explore the possibilities. Who knows, the next step in your career path could be as a Process Operator, or a Nurse, or . . . .

The possibilities are limitless with a little bit of focus!

Bobi Cook is a Regional Facilitator for Workforce Solutions in the Houston – Galveston area. She currently conducts job skills seminars throughout the 13 county Gulf Coast region utilizing her MBA and over ten cumulative years experience as a professional educator, quality systems manager within the automotive industry, and small business administrator to help job seekers develop and implement successful job search campaigns.



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