With family responsibilities and a to-do list a mile long, you know you still have to make time to think about the future.
Maybe you’re ready to change lanes and do something different with your life.
How do you get—and keep—a career on track?
- Know the facts. When it comes to work and career, change is a way of life for most people. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, the average adult American held an average of 12 jobs over 30 years. Education and training is one key to future success, and the days of making a good living with just a high school diploma are behind us. By 2020, 60 percent of jobs in Indiana will require a degree or certificate. Understanding job trends can help you make smarter decisions about your future.
- Dig deeper. Thinking about a new direction? Get to know yourself better by signing up for a free account at IndianaCareerexplorer.com (and learn more on page 8). You can take an assessment that might reveal surprising career options, plus find tools to help you in a job search, such as creating a new resume. Find out more about jobs and careers that are hot right now at HoosierHot50.com (and see the list on pages 14-15). You can get education and salary information, as well as watch Indiana workers talk about their chosen professions. The Bureau of Labor Statistics at
www.bls.gov/careeroutlook is way more than just dry statistics: It’s a national perspective on the labor market, career tips, and interviews with real people doing real work.
- Learning as a way of life. For most Americans, more education means more money. A 2016 Pew Research Center survey shows that most Americans feel they are lifelong learners, whether they are reading, watching a YouTube video for instructions on household projects, or advancing their job skills. The Pew survey found that 63 percent of working adults have taken a course or gotten additional training in the past 12 months to improve their job skills or expertise for career advancement, and more than half did so to get a license or certification they needed for their job. The same survey said that learners report positive impacts from their personal educational pursuits: nearly nine-in-10 say their personal learning has helped them feel more capable, but they also reported adult learning helps them make new friends, feel more connected to their community and open up new perspectives. The takeaway: Learning, at any age, is a good thing, and for workers trying to upgrade their skills, it’s a very good thing.