Career growth, change & development articles
I’ve put together some Career Nook articles to hopefully help you with career change, as you think about ways to improve how you feel about work, your career skills, and even things you’re still learning about yourself.
There are articles to help you figure out what you really want in a career and many more that help get you motivated to explore new things, even within your current job. And don’t forget to try the career assessment tools and some of the fun quizzes!
Help with your career changes
Some Career Nook articles to help you make that change to a new career, once you actually decide it’s time. Includes tips and tools to get yourself to your new career, as well as a few career quizzes to help you explore and better understand what could really make you happy.
Do-it-yourself career assessment tools
Although I can’t guarantee that these tools will tell you absolutely everything you need to know about yourself, they are a great start toward a better understanding of who you really are and what kinds of things might matter for your career.
Whether you are beginning a job search or looking to change careers, taking the time to explore now can make a big difference – and maybe even offer a few surprises:
Career Nook Fun Quizzes
I created a few handy-dandy career quizzes to help you look at things from a new perspective. The “right career” quiz is a fun way to think about what you enjoy surrounding yourself with. The “transferable skills” and “job skills” quizzes are to help you zero in on things you can carry with you in your job search and / or when thinking about possible new careers:
Signs it’s time for a career change
It’s a funny thing. You’re often the last one to know that you’re in the wrong career. You want to make sure you’ve tried it every which way – and sometimes even mentally contort yourself to try to make it work.
But in the end, when you know it’s not right, the best thing you can do for yourself is start the career change process. And since real change rarely happens overnight, these articles may at least help you know when it’s time to begin:
What you need to know about career transition
I think I knew I was in the wrong career the moment I took my first job in banking. Although it took me a while to realize that it wasn’t just the company I worked for, but the work itself. I’ve since learned that career change is hard and takes time.
But it is oh so worth it to make the effort to find a career that fits well with who you REALLY are – and the future you want for yourself. Here are some articles to help you find your own unique career path:
Careers aren’t always linear. Sometimes, if you’re very lucky, you can figure out exactly the right steps to get you to where you want to be. But this isn’t the norm. Finding the right career for YOU can sometimes involve moving backwards to be able to leap forward.
And that often takes great courage – and a strong belief in yourself. Sometimes it even takes a little extra support from a career coach:
Using transferable skills for career change
Transferable skills are like a secret weapon for career change and job search. When you first look at a job description, you might decide that you just don’t have what it takes.
But in a good many cases, by using your transferable skills, you can get yourself into that all-important first interview … and then it’s up to you. Here are some articles to help you understand what transferable skills are – and how to make them work for you:
Steps for a successful job search
Even for the most qualified job seekers, just looking for openings online and sending in a resume and cover letter when you find one, is NOT the best way to find a good job.
And for career changers, taking the time to do things right is even more important. Some tips to help:
Using social media for career change
Social media offers great resources to help you initially figure out what your dream career might be. Career change is a time of exploration, and social media offers a good way to discover things you might not already know to help you decide what you want … and then help you find people and resources to get you there.
Here are some articles about basic social media tools and how to use them in the most efficient and effective ways:
How volunteer jobs can help you
Volunteering is wonderful way to help others and give back to your community. Plus it’s great for your spirit in and of itself. But it can also be great for your career in ways you might not have imagined.
Here are some articles to help you perhaps look at volunteering in a different way – and learn how to make the most of the experience for yourself:
Career growth and development
Arguably, career development starts way back in our earliest years. And continues through high school, college, into our first jobs, and beyond. Everything we do or learn – as well as the people who enter into our lives – can influence how we manage our own careers. But the good news is, there is always room for growth and change at any point:
There’s a wonderful scene in the film Dead Poet’s Society where the teacher asks students to get up on his desk and see the room from a different perspective. Perspective can play a big role in how we look at our a careers, how we approach them, and what we want from them.
Here are a few more articles to help you look at things in a different way or see options you may never have considered:
Networking for career growth
Networking is one of the most essential “soft skills” – and it’s one more thing we can do for ourselves that follows us throughout our career. Every person you meet along the way is a potential networking connection – someone who might one day help you in a way you never even expected.
Here are some articles to help you make the most of that potential:
Women in the workplace
Even though we’ve made tremendous strides in the workplace, there is still a long way to go. Some of the things we come up against are parts of the way society and work still look at women – but luckily we can now take a a large part of it into our own hands … and make things better for ourselves.
These are just a few articles to start. I’ll be adding more along the way:
Career education articles
It’s not always easy deciding the best way to use education to help give you a good shot at career success. How can you get the most out of college? What about GEDs – do they help? And if you are thinking about some online education, what do you need to know?
Here are some articles I hope will help:
Career Nook “Anything Goes” Soap Box
Most of my career articles are designed to offer advice and tips to help you figure what steps to take or where to take them. But sometimes I just feel like giving my opinion on a career-related topic. Feel free to add your own thoughts and opinions – or suggest a topic for me to explore:
Coming back from unemployment and job gaps / shifts
Being unemployed is tough enough, but how do you keep your spirits up high enough to assure a potential employer that you’re still employable? And what if you reach a point where you just need a job – but are afraid that taking a lower level job will hurt the rest of your career?
Here are some posts to offer suggestions to help keep you and your resume fresh – as well as some advice to help you deal with things if you ever do need to “step down” for a while: