Deciding whether a career or job change is in your future requires some degree of introspection, Starks notes.
“Before you invest time, money and energy into a career change, reflect on what you really want out of your career,” he says. “Your job is so much more than a paycheck. It takes up a significant portion of your life, so you need to think about your interests, values, lifestyle preferences and the type of people and company culture you want to be around.”
For many people, the COVID outbreak precipitated a new awareness around what really matters, and what they really wanted out of their careers. It's no longer enough to do what's expected, earn a wage and go home. Nowadays, people are openly seeking fulfillment from their careers, even if it's in an altogether different sector.
If your next move, be it an industry change or a job change, requires additional education, you’re not alone. According to a recent Harris Poll survey commissioned by University of Phoenix, 92% of adult learners believe higher education is a pathway to success.
But not all education is created equal. According to that same poll, 82% of adult learners think higher education needs to focus more on career support and preparedness, and 81% think schools should focus more on teaching transferrable career skills across professions or industries. Read the full results of the survey in this press release: https://www.phoenix.edu/blog/press-release/adult-learners-more-likely-to-enroll-at-universities-that-emphasize-career-preparedness/.
For many, community colleges (and the universities that actively partner with them) provide this pathway. University of Phoenix, for example, not only accepts eligible transfer credits from community colleges. It also offers the following to prepare its students for the modern workforce, no matter which trends are in play:
- Skills-aligned degree programs that show students exactly what they’re learning so that they can apply it in real-time and in their future careers
- Professional development courses in digital marketing, healthcare, education and IT
- Online certificate programs for continued education
- Career Services for Life® (for both students and alumni) to navigate a constantly evolving job market