Career Prep 

Finding the right career path takes time—and flexibility

By now you’ve got plenty of school experience and probably a few years on the job. If you’re not sure of your next move, use the experiences you’ve had so far to start finding the best career for you.

  1. What do you like—or love? What experiences have you had inside or outside work and school that were memorable or satisfying? Make a list of 10 experiences (nothing is off limits) that you liked or loved.
  2. Get feedback. What have coworkers said over the years about your best—and worst—qualities? Leave personalities out of the equation and think about how that feedback can help you focus on your best traits while improving others. You don’t have to rely on feedback you’ve already heard. Ask a manager, co-worker or someone you supervise to give you a review.
  3. Identify your strengths. Look at the feedback you’ve gotten and your list of favorite experiences and find common themes. These should help you begin to identify your strengths. What subject areas do you enjoy? Do you like working with the public or behind the scenes? Do you do better working as part of a group or on your own?
  4. Map your next steps. Pick three jobs/careers that interest you and find out what educational credentials they require. Technology or trade jobs might require a certificate or credential you can get relatively quickly and inexpensively. You can launch a career in health care or manufacturing with a two-year associate degree. The best path to many jobs/careers is still a four-year college degree.

Did you know?
The federal government maintains statistics on 867 detailed jobs that fall into 459 broad occupation groups. There’s something out there for everyone—and for you!

Get free training for in-demand jobs
Through Next Level Jobs, Hoosiers can apply for a Workforce Ready Grant that will pay for your training in one of Indiana’s five most in-demand industries:

  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Building and construction
  • IT and business services
  • Transportation and logistics
  • Health and life sciences

The grant pays for up to two years of tuition and fees for high-value certificates. To qualify, you must be an Indiana resident with less than a college degree. To learn more about eligibility go to

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