Professor W. Paul Borkowski, Lead Faculty at the University of Phoenix, shares insight on…
My Next Job…
Whether employed or previously employed, the worker of today and tomorrow must consider, prepare and plan for “My Next Job”. To an extent, one’s current position is actually a stepping-stone or preparation-platform for the next reinvention of one’s career.
It is at this point in one’s preparation that thought, planning and preparation must take place. Consideration of skills, functions and responsibilities will then open a “cluster” of career paths that would have been otherwise unseen. It is this career clustering, finding the commonalty of skills, functions and experience that leads to sustainable “Next Jobs”.
Career Clusters are a group of related job positions that have in common skills, functions, certifications and/or experience. These groupings then represent a Career Pathway in which one can find one’s “Next Job”.
A few examples may make this point more clear. For those trained and with experience in Information Technologies, many of the skills and functions required of this career path are also found in the area of Business Management and Administration. Direct parallels exist in the Business area of Business Analyst, Management Systems Analyst and Operations Research Analyst. For those trained and experienced in Office Administration, similar skills are also required in Medical Office Management.
A case-in-point can be found in the Career Pathway of an unemployed Information Systems worker. After many successful years with the same firm, attending to the needs of both the in-house computer network as well as the corporate website, this worker found herself unemployed. She considered her skills and all that she had done in her previous position. But she did more! She considered the functions she most enjoyed in her previous positions. She realized that managing and maintaining the corporate website required that she work directly with Graphic Arts and Web Publishing. Tailoring her resume to feature these skills and experience, she took her “Next Job” as a Graphics Web Designer!
In another instance, a young network Technician realized that his training in networking provided him with specific and applicable knowledge of network Security. He found that his true interest was in the area of Security and pursued a career in Cyber Security.
By considering one’s skill-set and experience in terms of transferability, one opens many career-paths which otherwise may not have been considered. By so doing, one does increase the probability of a sustainable transition to one’s “Next Job”.
To help plan one’s “Next Job” an agency of the U.S. Department of Labor is ready to help.
Click HERE to get started on “My Next Job” http://www.careeronestop.org/ExploreCareers/ExploreCareers.aspx