The Next Step Darton College Career Development Center Dacia Stone Career Center Coordinator 229-317-6866
Occupational Growth Outlook
Ten Steps to a Successful Career Change
Evaluate your current job satisfaction. (What did you like and dislike about your current job?)
Assess your interests, values, and skills using career resources.
Brainstorm ideas for career alternatives. (Use GCIS)
Conduct research once you’ve narrowed your areas of interest.
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Shadow professionals in the field. NETWORK
Identify volunteer and freelance activities related to your interests.
Invest in educational opportunities that may bridge the gap into your new career.
Look for ways to develop new skills where you’re at. (Offer to take on new experiences that may be valuable in another field)
Consider alternative roles within your current industry which may enable you to use the knowledge you already have.
Job Searching in Today’s Market
NETWORK NETWORK NETWORK
This is the #1 way people get hired in any field
Use online search engines
Use Career Fair and Job Expo’s
Post resumes online
Visit large companies websites
Chamber of Commerce
Leaving Albany Top 10 Hottest Growing Careers
1. Software Engineer
2. College Professor
3. Financial Adviser
4. Human Resources Manager
5. Physician Assistant
6. Market Research Analyst
7. Computer IT Analyst
8. Real Estate Appraiser
Staying in Albany
Top Ten Employers in Albany
Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital
Proctor and Gamble
Wal-Mart and Associates
Albany State University
Cagle Foods Jv LLC
It’s important for you to write down your new career goals.
Be specific as to what you would like to see happen.
Break your goals down into small parts that you can take step by step.
Keep in mind, if you have direction you will get to where you want to be.
Use Your Resources
Job Search Assistance
Strong Interest Inventory
This inventory is offered to help map out people’s individual interests and relate them to specific careers.
It has been the most widely used interest inventory for the last 80 years
It looks at interests, leisure activities, and values to help assess career interests
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
This assessment helps assess one’s personality preferences. This information can be used for personal career development as well as to compare personality types to specific careers. As one can imagine certain personality traits are more prevalent in different occupations.
Most widely used inventory in the world
Used for Leadership and Development
Helpful for self awareness
Career Research Tools
Georgia Career Information System GCIS - http://www.gcic.peachnet.edu/ provides information on colleges, careers, salary and job outlook. A scholarship and financial search function is also available.
Career Service Networks- Networks that provide you with job and resume databases
Career Voyage http://careervoyages.gov
Optimal Resume Builder - This tool gives you access and support to build a resume. It is available for Darton College Students and Alumni. It is managed by the Career Center Coordinator in Bldg. C-228 if you have any questions.