If you're looking to start a career - whether it's because you're just beginning your journey as a working adult or because you're ready for a change in life - you should know that the process is much larger than just getting a degree and looking for a job.
A career involves knowing your interests in a particular industry or area, knowing what to expect as far as compensation and responsibility and researching what tools and knowledge you will need to be an asset for companies in that industry.
"Job seekers and students seeking a degree to build their skills need to take control of their careers," says Abby Kohut, a human resources executive, recruiter and author of "Absolutely Abby's 101 Job Search Secrets." "They need to understand the connection between their education and a meaningful career by becoming more informed about where their interests lie, what jobs are in demand and what education is needed."
Understand your interests: Some colleges and universities offer prospective and current students complimentary self-assessment options to help determine careers that fit their interests.
Understand employer needs: Knowing what jobs will keep your interest going strong is a good start, but it's also important to learn what employers need from workers in that field so you can take the right college courses and learn the appropriate skills.
Understand educational needs: Starting a new career often involves the need to return to school for a new degree so you can be more competitive when entering the job market.
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