Exploring Multiple Career Paths

I recently had a conversation with a few college-age students about career paths and options. There is an expectation that a career path will be chosen, the appropriate degree obtained and then off you go. For fields such as medicine or law, this may be true. But for others who are exploring careers in business, the arts, and more, that path may not be so straight. And not every career requires a college degree. Certifications can be the gateway to some fantastic opportunities!

Gone are the days of the “forever job”. I remember watching programs set in the 50’s where men went off to work every day to the same company for their entire working career. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately) this is a thing of the past. I’ve tried to explain to my own children that the average person will have 12 jobs between the ages of 18 and 52.

The truth of the matter is that there are so many exciting career opportunities out there. And many times, you won’t know all the wonderful ins and outs and possibilities of a position until you start. When I was in school, I had no idea of the wide variety of fields that would interest me. Through trial and error, I’ve come to find myself in a position I love to be in.

Every job requires different skill sets and all will include learning on the job. Depending on the size of the company you work for, your role and responsibilities may be set or may vary upon need. In smaller organizations, team members must often wear many different hats. Employees in these situations will have an opportunity to learn many facets of the business. In larger organizations, your job may be in one department, and you have the opportunity to become an expert in that area by honing your skills.

Life is not a straight path, and neither should your career or work life be. Taking a few wandering trails is not necessarily bad, in fact, it can lead you to destinations you may not have known existed before. For example, those trained for a counseling occupation can parlay their expertise over to a career that involves interviewing, or moderating groups or sessions. Almost every skill you learn can be modified to fit many different situations.

Online learning is a fantastic option for those looking to take courses around their current work schedule or who are just starting out in the workforce! Students can find online courses to improve skill sets, or to train for a new career altogether.

For military spouses who are frequently on the move, training for a career can be difficult. Those of us at Military Spouse Career Education and Ed4Career have made it our mission to provide quality online career training to military spouses. You have access to your courses anytime, anywhere, 365 days a year – as long as you have internet! Many of our career training programs have been designed with the military spouse in mind. We call these “portable career” training opportunities and it is our goal to help you train in a career that can move with you when you PCS.

Why don’t you reach out and learn more? Our team includes military spouses and veterans who understand the need for portable career training, and the benefits that online training can offer. And, your MyCAA benefits may pay for some, if not all, of your career training! Contact us today to learn more!