• Passionate About a Career

    You may have heard the Confucian saying, “Choose a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Unfortunately, not everyone loves what he or she does for a living. If you feel like you’re just clocking in your time at your current job and you don’t view it as an avenue where you will grow and evolve, it may be time to reconsider your career.

    It’s never too late to change your career path,” Think logically about other job opportunities, and what is a good fit for your personality, strengths, and lifestyle. If you aren’t quite sure what it is you want to do, consider the things in your life that you are passionate about!”

    For instance, have you always been motivated to make a difference in other people’s lives? Do you enjoy volunteering at your local hospital, or caring for sick relatives? Perhaps going back to school for a degree in nursing would be a good change. Nursing allows for a flexible schedule and is a growing field. Registered nurses ranked #4 in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Health Care Jobs and #6 in its 100 Best Jobs rankings for 2014.*

    Try out a couple of courses first if you aren’t quite sure if it’s the right career for you. Be aware, like any career, nursing isn’t for everyone! You can pursue anything from nursing certificate programs to doctorate degrees in nursing.

    Do people often tell you that you’re good with numbers or ask you to do their taxes? Perhaps accounting could be your calling. Accounting is a field that is growing steadily, largely due to financial regulatory reform. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the field is expected to increase 13% by the year 2022.† There are almost a dozen different types of accountants, from public, corporate, or government accountants to auditors. You can pursue anything from accounting certificates, an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree, or even a master’s degree.

    If you’re not a numbers person, perhaps you take special interest in human rights or the law? Exploring a legal degree might be a great option for you. There are numerous areas to choose from, including public administration, mediation, and environmental law. One major benefit of obtaining a law degree is the vast knowledge you’ll gain that can help you across countless fields.

    Or perhaps you don’t envision yourself sitting in an office with a 9 to 5 job. Has helping others and being a public servant always felt like your calling? Do you prefer a team-based atmosphere with a flexible schedule? Then you might want to consider becoming a firefighter. Getting your associate’s or bachelor’s degree in fire science and/or fire and emergency management can teach you all about the field’s new challenges with technology, human resource management, and fiscal responsibility.
    When it comes to choosing a new and fulfilling career, keep in mind that the things you are passionate about will likely motivate you the most. Also, make sure that the career you choose is realistic for you. If you decide to pursue it, you can customize your college workload. Consider online or night classes to accommodate your current work schedule.

    Changing careers will likely mean a change in salary, hours, and location. You have to make sure that the change is realistic for you. Doing some research online and talking to other people in the potential field are great ways of determining how practical your decision is.

    Once you’ve covered all of the background research, you could be on your way to a practical career that you are passionate about!

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    It is important to note that certain career paths are growing and our degrees are designed to strengthen your knowledge and prepare our students to advance their careers. But Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Several factors specific to a student’s or alumni’s backgrounds and actions, as well as economic and job conditions, affect employment. Also, keep in mind that national long-term projections covered in articles may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.


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