According to the College Board, teaching careers will be some of the hottest careers for college graduates through 2018. Teachers of all kinds – elementary school, postsecondary school – will be in great demand throughout our current decade. There are also teaching careers off the beaten path which you might not have considered. If you're interested in being a teacher but you'd like to go about it in a different way, one of these careers might be just right for you.
Whether you're a recent college graduate or you're considering the possibility of a career change, you might be wondering, is graduate school right for you? Graduate school isn't a path to choose lightly, without reflection. Earning a post-graduate degree, whether a Masters degree, Doctoral degree or a professional degree, requires tremendous commitments of time, energy and money, and you want to be sure you're putting these resources to the best possible use for your career path.
If you're a traditional college student, you've been in school for sixteen years straight. If you're a non-traditional student, you've been attending college for four years. In either case, earning your Bachelor's degree has been your goal. And you've graduated from college. Now what? Perhaps the degree will be your first step into the career of your dreams, or perhaps it's part of your ticket to graduate school. It might be the case, however, that you're not sure. You might have majored in something you loved and enjoyed but aren't sure how it translates into a career, or given today's tight job market, you're undecided as to which way you should go. Graduation is a milestone. You've earned your accolades. And now, it's time to prepare for change, in whatever form it takes.
You're standing at a crossroads on your career path, and you don't know which way to turn. Should you hire a career coach? If you're feeling stagnated, you might gain a second wind from professional advice. A knowledgeable, forward-thinking career coach could help you advance in your present job or assist you with embarking upon an entirely new career.
You hate your job. You look forward to days off with the enthusiasm of a child looking forward to Christmas. When it's time to go back to work, your stomach knots like a pile of spaghetti. You would love to quit your job, but given the current economic climate, you might have difficulty finding another job. The recession is dragging on, and unemployment remains high. So you've got to ask yourself one question: Should you stay or should you go?
If you've felt bored or frustrated with your job in 2010, you can end your stagnation by making New Year's resolutions for career success in 2011. Perhaps you'll find a way to improve the situation at your current job. If not, it might be time to start scanning the horizon for new employment opportunities. In either case, self-knowledge is key. If you cultivate a sense of adventure while maintaining realistic expectations, you'll open yourself to new possibilities.
A female Foreign Service Officer (FSO) graciously consented to speak anonymously about what it's like to work in a foreign service career. She is an FSO with the US Department of State and chose her career because she enjoys working with people, she wanted to travel, and she has a gift for languages. She's also interested in politics and foreign cultures and wanted to make a difference in the world.
Are you willing to relocate for a better job? Many cities across the U.S. experienced rapid job growth from 2000 to 2009. Here are four cities which are well-worth checking out. Maybe one of them will become your new home.