Are you training for a new career? Are you thinking about it?
Are you going to trade school, getting your GED, or starting out in college? Perhaps you are going for a certification program, a higher degree, or learning something entirely new?
You may be thinking: What can I do to make more money, to be more happy, to achieve my dreams for myself and/or my family?
It's a hard time for many people and families right now. If you have a full-time or even a part-time job, you are sitting pretty compared to lots of people, who are starting over after having lost their jobs or homes.
Some people say, there is nothing for sure in this economy. And older people worry that even if they train hard for a position, their employer might hire a younger person. There still IS age-ism in the U.S., and discrimination against older people.
So what can you do?
One thing you can do is look at what jobs are in demand. I have run across some terrific articles about this. It pays to do the research. Of course, if you don't care a lot about how much you will make, and are pretty sure you will get a job with training, I would still go for it, because how happy you are makes a HUGE difference in anyone's life.
Here are some great articles that may help you in choosing your NEW career or just finding out about what jobs are in demand NOW and later.
10 Most Secure Jobs in 2011: from AOL Jobs
The Occupational Outlook Handbook (from the U.S. Dept. of Labor) 2010-11 version (online)
10 Jobs: Big Demand, Good Pay: from CNN Money
50 Best Careers - from U.S. News and World Report
More links from the U.S. Government at Students.gov
Let me know if these are helpful to you. I hope so! I plan to check them out soon too. They look very informative.
Good luck on your new career, school, or research!
What do YOU think? I'd love to know.
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