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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Rise of Re-Careering

For many years now, workers have sometimes changed careers when they felt trapped, bored or unappreciated by superiors. However, with the current state of the economy, more people are looking for a new career or second job than ever before. In recent times, this process has come to be known as "re-careering." A worker may look for a new career if his old job becomes obsolete, if he wants more money or if he realizes that he isn't happy with his current vocation.

Facts about Re-Careering

Studies have shown that re-careering is more common among older workers. Older workers often change careers after retirement, but they may also change careers because of stress or health conditions. Surveys and studies have found that older workers tend to move to new careers that offer fewer health and pension benefits. Furthermore, workers' new careers typically pay less than their previous jobs. However, workers tend to choose new careers that offer more flexible schedules, fewer management responsibilities and better working conditions.

Younger workers also engage in re-careering. In most cases, younger people search for new careers because they are unhappy in their current jobs or because they develop an interest in a different industry. Regardless of age, workers who have already completed college are less likely to change careers than workers who have not yet received a degree.

The Transition Process

To change from one career to another, a worker must typically obtain new training or credentials. Because few workers are able to quit working altogether and become full-time students, many workers pursue new degrees or certifications online. Working toward an online degree allows a worker to take his or her time with coursework. Instead of being forced to attend classes according to a set schedule, workers taking online courses can complete assignments and review lessons when it is convenient for them. This allows a worker to retain his current job and alter his course schedule to accommodate the responsibilities and requirements of his job.

Because of the flexibility of online learning, online training and degree programs have become extremely popular among workers transitioning into a new career. In addition, more employers are beginning to accept online degrees as equals of traditional degrees or certifications. Nonetheless, it is important for workers to remember that all degree programs should be accredited, regardless of whether they are online or classroom-based. Potential employers are less likely to acknowledge an unaccredited program when reviewing an applicant's resume.

Regardless of the reasons a worker has for changing occupations, the process of re-careering is challenging and often takes time. For older workers, a new career often means less money and fewer benefits, especially if the worker is unable to obtain new credentials. On the positive side, however, workers' new careers are usually less stressful than their old ones. Furthermore, the increasing availability of online educational programs has made it easier for many workers to complete the training necessary to qualify for a job in a new industry.

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