Recreating or reinvesting a career may seem like a daunting task, but for a number of reasons, professionals are increasingly seeking alternatives to their current job. Perhaps a major life change is sparking a new interest, or maybe a once-critical job is becoming obsolete. Whatever the reason, career changes are a regular occurrence.
Younger generations may be more inclined to job hop to advance their careers, as GenXers averaged about 1.6 jobs within the first 5 years of earning a degree and graduating from college and Millennials averaged nearly 2.85 jobs during that same time frame.* On the other hand, more and more baby boomers are switching careers later in life not out of financial necessity, but rather for the intellectual rigor and the chance to finally pursue their life’s passion.†
Regardless of when you entered the workforce, there are many opportunities to take charge of your future. Here are five ways professionals can recreate their careers:
One great way to select an online university is to look for one with positive student outcomes. For example, according to the 2016 Walden University Study: Career and Well-Being Outcomes, conducted by Gallup, among graduates who have been promoted, achieved a salary raise, or changed careers since obtaining their graduate degrees, Walden graduates are more likely to cite their degree as being important to these career accomplishments.
Consider all the possible pathways when recreating your career. Choose those that will not only set you apart when it comes time for your next professional move but will also prepare you to become the best version of yourself.
Walden University is an accredited institution offering online degree programs. Expand your career options and earn your degree in a convenient, flexible format that fits your busy life.
*G. Berger, Will This Year’s College Grads Job-Hop More Than Previous Grads?, LinkedIn Official Blog, on the internet at https://blog.linkedin.com/2016/04/12/will-this-year_s-college-grads-job-hop-more-than-previous-grads.
†A. Adamczyk, Advice From 7 Baby Boomers Who Reinvented Their Careers, Money, on the Internet at http://time.com/money/3992427/second-act-career-baby-boomers/.
‡B. Busteed, The Two Most Important Questions for Graduates, Gallup, on the internet at www.gallup.com/opinion/gallup/183599/two-important-questions-graduates.aspx.
§H. Long, The New Normal: 4 Job Changes by the Time You're 32, CNN Money, on the internet at www.money.cnn.com/2016/04/12/news/economy/millennials-change-jobs-frequently.
**A. Doyle, How Long Should an Employee Stay at a Job?, The Balance, on the internet at www.thebalance.com/how-long-should-an-employee-stay-at-a-job-2059796.
††V. Chandra, Job Seekers, Know Your ‘In’, LinkedIn Official Blog, on the internet at https://blog.linkedin.com/2015/12/15/job-seekers-know-your-in.
Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, www.hlcommission.org.