Brian Alden: Whether you're looking to join the workforce for the first time or you're in need of a serious career overhaul, here are some tips for finding the right profession for you.
First, start writing a list of all the things you're good at and enjoy. Do you prefer to work outdoors, do you like working with numbers, what are some special talents and interests that you have to offer? If you're still unsure consider a career interest assessment. Remember taking that career placement test back in high school, maybe it's time to circle back and try it again.
Free tests are available online that can help you to see how your current skill set can be applied to a variety of fields. Next, do your research; look at current job postings to see what fields are actively hiring. Check out the average salaries and job availabilities within different companies. This can help you narrow your focus.
Finally, get to know what skills are necessary for your chosen career and begin to acquire them through seminars and college classes. But don't forget that you already have admirative skills in your experience that might just be transferable to your new career.
So whether you're just getting started in your career search or you're looking for a big change in your life, follow these tips and your dream career will be right within your reach.