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Making A New Career

Original Post Date: August 02 2006

Here is the typical American work situation: You invested $$$ in college or trade schools, worked up through the sh@t jobs, got additional certifications, and now …… you beloved company dumps you for someone in another country that will work for less. You look at this situation and say “my country forgot about me”. This is not true. One thing has changed in this country for allot of folks (and I’ve gotten caught up in it also), and that is the fact that allot of time we now get a career after getting a piece of paper for a college or university that says we have right to it. Years ago people themselves has to discover their own talents as they didn’t have text books to instruct them on how to learn a career. People tried different things, worked different places, until they discovered their talents. They then apprenticed at them and perfected them. After that was all done, they finally started creating their career, constantly learning skill after skill – not just specializing. These people conditioned themselves to a point where this country could survive something like the Great Depression.

Now, are there people like this now … yes, but not that many. All people learn a multitude of skills at their workplace and in their chosen main career that can be applied to any career. That’s known as the basics. Allot of people are made though, and/or let themselves believe that their skills are so specialized that they are only useful in their field (ie. Information Technology, Sales, Marketing, etc). The truth is totally the opposite, once you learn business basics you can work them into an career you choose to enter into without another eight years of college and spending $$$$. Now do the educational institutions want you to know this and/or believe this? Absolutely now. Is it really hard work learning a new career you haven’t been educated in? Yes. Will you make mistakes? Yup. Is there a small chance you will get better at that new career that you have chosen than the just graduated college kid because you learned it “the hard way”? Uh-huh. Is making a new career scary? Yes
I speak from experience on this one because I work in I.T. and most likely in a few years my industry will not be able to support my current lifestyle (which I worked really hard for the last 20 years to attain, and have no intention on giving up), so I was put into a position about four years ago to start developing my learned skills into other career entry point. The last three years have been very hard and frustrating … trying to learn new things, get little bites for work hear and there, but never seeing the light at the end of the tunnel that told me in a few more years I will have a new career. Well, this year I am now starting to see a glimmer of that light, things are coming together, I am starting to prove myself to others and gain their trust in business. This is where that hard work starts to pay off (and the best thing is I don’t have another $60,000 college loan to pay off with it).
If your career is the same as mine, look deeply into what you have leaned over the years and ask yourself questions like these:
1. Have you learned communications skills?
2. Have you learned to manage others?
3. Have you learned to multi-task efficiently?
4. Has your business creativity expanded?
5. etc. etc.
If you really look into what you do, you should be able to come up with at least ten marketable skills you can apply to a new career you love …. and not just settle for one that pays the bills. This is one of the reasons our economy is getting better (it really is … you don’t get this level of building and expansion in cities if it isn’t). People are going back to creating careers they love with the skills they love to use. They are going back to innovating and creating on their jobs, instead of just collecting a paycheck. People are going back to what really created this country ….. even the ones we are newly welcoming here.
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