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Your Questions About How To Find A New Career

Sandra asks…

How do I find a new career

I am looking to find a new career that keeps me interested.my interests are helping people and animals.I think that I am good at calming high stress situations.
The problem is that I don’t know how to determine what career would be good for me and that I would be great at.
I get bored easily and yet I am a great worker when I am excited about what I’m doing.
I have worked in retail for 11 years and I am ready for something different.
Do you have any good ideas for which direction would be right for me?

New Niche Finder answers:

I guess that depends on how long you want to stay in school. You could work as a nurse with a 4-year college degree, or a drug counselor, but you’d have to go longer for psychology or psychiatry. Or you could do a 2-year program in vet tech, or just get a job at a vet’s office and do a lot of the same stuff.

Robert asks…

How do you find a career life counselor?

I want to find a new career and don’t know where to start. I have a college degree.

New Niche Finder answers:

I suggest you do not use one. I know a few folks who went this route and got noting out of it except for less money in their bank accounts.

I always advise folks to take ownership and steer their own ship.

For you this means doing some soul searching:
What do you like to do? Do you like a team environment or solo work? Do you like numbers or words…all these questions – or similar ones will be asked on a career assessment test. You can find tons of them online – start sifting through them when you search at about.com (under career assessments)

Some will require you to pay a fee. Some of those will send you a summary for free – and the summary will get you started.

Be open to the results and consider all the results – some will be far fetched and leave you wondering what the___? But others might make you go hmmmm.

Then, take it another step and read Marcus Buckingham’s Now Discover Your strengths. He will help you realize what you are naturally good at and this coupled with the assessment suggestions will help guide you – and maybe you can find a job you never thought of where your degree will come in handy.

Good luck

Chris asks…

i am trying to find a new career in beauty theropy. how did people go about starting it?

i cant afford not to work as i am running a house any ideas?

New Niche Finder answers:

Be helpful when you have time to supply more details, such as “do you use a PC? What do you mean by”running a house? Is it a very big house and with family and how many? Thats gives you a start.

Linda asks…

Under-Employed… How can I find a new career?

I have a BA in Economics and am half way through a part-time MBA program. I’ve been in the mortgage industry 7 years now, but companies are shutting down right and left. My previous 2 employers have closed the doors within the last 12 months. There is no room for growth and I would like to get out of the mortgage industry in a mid-level position but have had no success with Careerbuilder or Monster. Are there other (more personalized) websites? Also, other than entry level job fairs and websites, is there a better way to get a good job? I know I am capable of doing much more and feel stuck in this industry. Thanks in advance for any advice.

New Niche Finder answers:

7 years is a good amount of time to have established a strong work history. I’d say that you need to start networking. CareerBuilder and Monster are too huge. You need to look on smaller websites that are local to an area you are either living in now or want to move to. There are many of these sites and many employers prefer them because they are less expensive. The best way of getting a good job is putting yourself out there and meeting people that are in the field you are interested in moving into. Good places to meet business people are at social functions put on by the chamber of commerce (your company probably belongs to one). Ours usually has what are called “business after hours” functions and they are a great place to meet people. You might not meet someone in the exact field you are interested in, but they likely will know someone. I find that one of my biggest successes in hiring people is when someone calls and gives me the referral because they met so and so at a party and they are a good candidate.

Mandy asks…

As a mature adult, how can one find someone to hep them with finding a new career?

New Niche Finder answers:

You should take a vocational interest test and see a career counselor./

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