career change http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/10771/all en-US 7 Job Sectors Where Wages Are Growing http://www.wisebread.com/7-job-sectors-where-wages-are-growing <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-job-sectors-where-wages-are-growing" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000020273902_Large.jpg" alt="businesspeople on smartphones" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The economy's improving, but certain industries are experiencing a greater rebound than others. And the data can be confusing, because &quot;job growth&quot; in reports refers to the number of jobs, not higher wages. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-jobs-you-may-not-have-considered-but-should?ref=seealso">9 Jobs You May Not Have Considered &mdash; But Should</a>)</p> <p>Here are seven job sectors exhibiting salary increases according to the <a href="http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_table_203.htm">Bureau of Labor Statistics</a>.</p> <h2>1. Home Health Care Services</h2> <p>As people live longer and are faced with the outrageous expense of inpatient services, many are opting for home treatment or outpatient clinics. Home health care services are far less expensive than inpatient services, people can recuperate and maintain their health in the comfort of their own homes, and it provides a greater sense of independence. As a result, home health care services are experiencing increased demand that is also driving up wages.</p> <h2>2. Individual and Family Services</h2> <p>Jobs in the individual and family services sector include services that improve the quality of people's lives, such as youth centers, foster care and adoption agencies, and after-school and mentoring programs. Elderly services include senior centers, adult daycare, and support groups. Drug and alcohol abuse treatment and prevention programs, parental support groups, and abuse intervention are also part of this industry. Jobs in these sectors include counselors, teachers, social workers, and case workers who need to increasingly take a holistic view of care and treatment.</p> <h2>3. Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services</h2> <p>With many companies still shy to add full-time headcount to their payroll, and a robust freelance industry, it's no wonder that consultants with valuable business, science, and technical expertise are choosing to stay independent. They know how valuable they are and are demanding larger fees for their services as a result.</p> <h2>4. Computer Systems Design and Related Services</h2> <p>The line between our online and physical worlds is rapidly blurring. Computer systems are becoming increasingly sophisticated, and consumers have come to expect a beautiful, seamless online experience. It takes a lot of talent to create that elegance and keep our data safe at the same time. With an increased number of recent data breaches, cyber security is an ever more important aspect of design. The higher quality of design demanded, the higher the designer's salary.</p> <h2>5. Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing</h2> <p>Construction in the residential and commercial sectors is booming, and that means cement and concrete are in high demand. What's interesting about this industry is that it's experiencing a fair amount of innovation, as well. Climate change is increasing sensitivity to our environmental footprint, and in constructing smart buildings that are energy efficient. As concrete and cement are a major component of construction, this boom is a rising tide that lifts all boats (and wages) for its workers.</p> <h2>6. Office Administrative Services</h2> <p>Office workers today are expected to do much more than answer phones and keep a calendar. They often function as an office manager, ensuring that productivity remains high for an entire team &mdash; or company. They must have sophisticated computer and technology skills, as well as knowledge of areas as varied as finance, accounting, and communications. And with greater knowledge comes higher wages.</p> <h2>7. Offices of Health Practitioners</h2> <p>As healthcare gets more technical and sophisticated, the offices of health care practitioners must follow. This means that the people who run these offices must also enhance their skills and knowledge to best communicate with patients, insurance companies, health care providers, and drug and medical equipment companies. This enhanced expertise and knowledge is highly valued in the market.</p> <p>If you're using the job market data when considering a career change, make sure to truly understand what data is being represented and what it means. Ideally, you want to match your interests to an industry with increasing wages and an increasing number of job opportunities. Happy hunting!</p> <p><em>Are you considering a career change?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christa-avampato">Christa Avampato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-job-sectors-where-wages-are-growing">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-frugal-resource-the-community-college">A Frugal Resource: The Community College</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-entry-level-jobs-with-surprisingly-high-salaries">12 Entry Level Jobs With Surprisingly High Salaries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-good-reasons-to-become-a-contractor">8 Good Reasons to Become a Contractor</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-besides-salary-to-negotiate-at-work">10 Things Besides Salary to Negotiate at Work</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-signs-you-arent-making-enough-money">6 Signs You Aren&#039;t Making Enough Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income career change job growth salary wage growth wages Tue, 24 Feb 2015 10:00:03 +0000 Christa Avampato 1302838 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Craziest Career Shift Success Stories http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-craziest-career-shift-success-stories <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-craziest-career-shift-success-stories" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cupcake-shop-owner-iStock_000023426489Small.jpg" alt="cupcake shop owner" title="cupcake shop owner" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052748704206804575468162805877990">average American changes jobs</a> &mdash; if not careers &mdash; multiple times in his or her lifetime.</p> <p>Many of these career shifts, however, occur at the start of a person's working years, when they're zig-zagging from childcare to catering gigs in order to pay off car payments and college loans. But what about mid- and late-career changes &mdash; the kind where a person who's already established and well-respected in one field decides to swap that well-earned sense of security for a completely different path? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-discover-your-dream-career">5 Ways to Find Your Dream Career</a>)</p> <p>Giving up a spot at the top of the ladder in one industry for one at the bottom rung in another can be unsettling and hard-fought, but the rewards &mdash; landing an energizing, successful gig that makes you excited to get out of bed in the morning &mdash; are well worth the risk of falling flat on your face.</p> <p>Read on for our roundup of the most inspiring career shift stories from people who risked it all in the name of pursuing their true calling. If you've been looking for the inspiration to change your career path, this is it.</p> <h2>1. Trading Finance for Rum</h2> <p>After establishing a successful career at a hedge fund, Bridged Firtle decided to leave it all behind and start her own craft rum distillery, <a href="http://tnenyc.com/">The Noble Experiment</a>. The career swap required a lot of sacrifices &mdash; including giving up her posh TriBeCa loft to move back in with her parents &mdash; but Firtle tells The Muse it was well worth it to <a href="https://www.themuse.com/advice/a-truly-noble-experiment-leaving-finance-to-open-a-rum-distillery">create something she's passionate about</a>.</p> <p>&quot;I always wanted to own my own business, but I thought it would be in finance because that's what I jumped into in school,&quot; Firtle says. &quot;I was evaluating my next move in finance to get myself to the place where I could open my own financial institution, and I was really hoping to get into venture capital just because new business excited me. And then I realized that I didn't want to be on the outside looking in anymore &mdash; I really wanted to get my hands dirty and own my own business.&quot;</p> <p>Firtle says the most difficult part of her transition to small business owner from her cushy hedge fund job was taking on the pressure of being responsible not only for her own finances, but also for those of her business and investors. But she says she has no regrets.</p> <p>&quot;Doing it all yourself is the most empowering feeling,&quot; she says. &quot;I was completely inspired to do this. That feeling was like nothing's going to stop me. If you have that feeling &mdash; if you have that passion for something &mdash; you will succeed.&quot;</p> <h2>2. From Corporate Finance to Cupcakes</h2> <p>Pam Nelson had a forward-moving career in finance for two decades. Then she was laid off during the Great Recession. Jobless and uncertain of her next move, Nelson decided to go all in when her friend suggested they open a cupcake shop together. She figured she'd try it out for six months or a year, then hop back into finance when the market recovered. But that was six years ago. Today she's still helping run Butter Lane Cupcakes, which has two storefronts in New York City.</p> <p>&quot;We decided from the very beginning that we only wanted to make chocolate, vanilla, and banana cupcakes,&quot; Nelson tells The Muse. &quot;All of the variation comes from our icing, which is much easier to work with. <a href="https://www.themuse.com/advice/one-sweet-business-a-qa-with-butter-lane-cupcakes-founder-pam-nelson">Keeping it simple really helped us as newbies</a>.&quot;</p> <p>Nelson says running the business end of her own sweets shop is the most satisfying job she's ever had. But it's also the most intense. Even when she's not working, Nelson says there's rarely a moment she's not thinking about her work. After all, there's no one to pass the buck to if things go sour.</p> <p>&quot;It's great to have a paycheck coming in &mdash; and I've worked in the corporate world and I loved my job &mdash; but at some point there's some sort of powerlessness in not knowing who your next boss is going to be, or not having control over what your next project is going to be,&quot; Nelson says. &quot;In small business, the good news is that it's all yours. You control your destiny and get to make the decisions. Of course, the hard part is that it's all yours. It's on you to make the rent and to make payroll, and if sales aren't where they should be, it's your job to scramble.&quot;</p> <h2>3. A Lawyer With a Green Thumb</h2> <p>Angela Newman felt unfulfilled as a property and planning lawyer. The long hours cut into her family time and the work itself wasn't satisfying. She felt drained. Stuck. And she wanted better for her professional life. So she left the Bar for her dream job as a self-employed garden designer.</p> <p>&quot;I wanted to find <a href="http://www.careershifters.org/success-stories/from-barrister-to-garden-designer">a career with more personal satisfaction, creativity, and which involved working with nature</a>, and one that would be flexible, enjoyable and manageable with a family,&quot; she tells Career Shifters.</p> <p>Newman says the hardest part of giving up her law career was realizing that she had worked so hard for so many years to achieve a certain level of success in a field that was never going to make her happy. The easy part was identifying and pursuing her passion. Her advice for others contemplating a similar career switch is to ignore the naysayers &mdash; and don't ever lose faith in yourself and your ability to succeed wearing brand new shoes.</p> <p>&quot;Do not be put off by what you perceive to be the stigma of 'giving up' what you are doing,&quot; she says. &quot;I think this can be a common problem where people are in professional jobs that they don't like. My experience is that people very much respect and admire my decision to take a leap into the unknown.&quot;</p> <h2>4. From Engineer to Stand-Up Comedian</h2> <p>Dan Nainan was a senior engineer for Intel Corporation, a job that led him to take a comedy class as a means of overcoming his fear of public speaking. <a href="http://www.danielnainan.com/index.php/about">Turns out he had an undiscovered knack for being the funny guy</a>. His slapstick impressions of American presidents during his &quot;final exam&quot; performance at a San Francisco comedy club wowed his co-workers so much that they decided to invite him to perform at a team dinner for 200 Intel employees at a tradeshow in Las Vegas. Nainan scored more corporate comedy gigs from there, eventually performing for 2,500 salespeople from around the world at Intel's annual sales conference. After two years of stand-up for in-house events, Nainan quit the company for a new career in comedy. He has since performed for President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Steve Wozniak, and Yoko Ono.</p> <h2>5. The Ex-Corporate Communications Exec Who Travels the World by Caravan</h2> <p>&quot;I wanted a life in which I felt alive every day, contributing something meaningful to the world,&quot; says Diana Vermeij, a former corporate branding officer who left her cubicle behind to travel the world in a VW van that is her home and headquarters for her new career as a lifestyle design coach. Fittingly, it's a self-styled job that allows her to help others build a life that draws on their passions and provides them with a greater sense of purpose.</p> <p>&quot;Life really is too short to do work that doesn't matter to you,&quot; Vermeij tells Career Shifters. &quot;I felt unfulfilled, unable to use many of my talents in my job. I wasn't doing what I loved most. I'd started to value (in my opinion) the wrong things (money, status, 'stuff') and I was feeling empty because of it.&quot;</p> <p>It was a big shift. Vermeij was making good money working 70 hours a week in the chemical industry. But she says it was worth giving up that financial freedom and security in the pursuit of what shes says really matters &mdash; fulfillment and happiness.</p> <p>&quot;I had very much identified my 'self' with the work I did,&quot; Vermeij says. &quot;When someone asked me 'Who are you?', I would say my name and start telling them about my work. <a href="http://www.careershifters.org/success-stories/from-corporate-communications-to-travelling-portfolio-careerist">I had to rediscover what I liked to do</a>, what I got excited about, what my talents were and how I wanted to contribute to the world. I had to learn to quiet the negative, down-talking thoughts in my head.&quot;</p> <p><em>Have you made an incredible career change? Please tell us about it in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-craziest-career-shift-success-stories">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-is-your-dream-job">What Is Your Dream Job?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/find-your-passion">Find Your Passion</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/laid-off-what-to-do-before-plunging-into-the-job-search">Laid Off? What To Do Before Plunging Into The Job Search</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-people-who-have-their-dream-jobs-do">5 Things People Who Have Their Dream Jobs Do</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-simple-ways-to-find-your-passion">5 Simple Ways to Find Your Passion</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income career change dream career dream job job change new career Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:00:12 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1251656 at http://www.wisebread.com Stuck in a Rut? 12 Things You Can Do to Help You Find Your Calling http://www.wisebread.com/stuck-in-a-rut-12-things-you-can-do-to-help-you-find-your-calling <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/stuck-in-a-rut-12-things-you-can-do-to-help-you-find-your-calling" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/camera-4025933-small.jpg" alt="photographer" title="photographer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Stuck in a job you hate but don't know how to get out of because you just simply don't know what to do? Figuring out what you want to do can be scary, because there's a possibility that you may be leaving the familiar behind. But finding a job that's your calling can really make a positive difference in your life. Here are some things you can do to get you closer to your ultimate dream.</p> <p>RELATED: <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/What-Do-You-Dislike-Your-Boss-21242914">What to Do if You Don't Like Your Boss</a></p> <h2>List It Out</h2> <p>Start by taking 20 minutes to list out the a total of a 100 items. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/feeling-stuck-100-ways-to-change-your-life">Wise Bread suggests</a> listing things you want to do, jobs you want, people you want to meet, and more. Don't restrain yourself and write down things that seem impossible to you. When you're done, leave the list alone for a while, then come back to it and try to piece ideas from it. Perhaps you'll find a career path you can really pursue from one of the items.</p> <h2>Use an Online Skills Profiler</h2> <p>You can use this <a href="http://www.careerinfonet.org/Skills/">online tool</a> by the Department of Labor that factors in the type of skills you possess and the level you're at, then it generates multiple jobs that suit your skills. You can then click on each occupation to see its profile and learn about how you can get the job, the median salary, what the job entails, and more.</p> <h2>Start a Blog or YouTube Channel</h2> <p>Don't be disheartened just because everyone seems to have a blog or a YouTube channel. Pick a topic that you're really interested in (anything from parenting to makeup), and start becoming an expert in that field by constantly writing or vlogging about it and getting to know others who cover the same things. Offer to guest blog for other sites to continue that exposure. A career might emerge from this side project.</p> <h2>Notice What You Like to Read</h2> <p>Is there a genre of book you keep reaching for? Take measure of what you enjoy reading, especially the nonfiction books. These may give you a hint of what career path to head toward. From cooking to mechanics, you may discover your true calling in the books you read.</p> <h2>Explore Job Lists</h2> <p>US News has countless <a href="http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/rankings">mega lists</a> for jobs in different categories, such as the best overall jobs and best healthcare jobs. Browse through those lists to see if there are any jobs that appeal to you. Take a look at these lists as well &mdash; careers for those who want to <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Real-Work-From-Home-Jobs-21415515">work from home</a>, great jobs <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Jobs-People-Who-Like-Read-21847723">for bookworms</a>, jobs for those <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Jobs-Require-Travel-3204508">who like to travel</a>, <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/latest/Best-Jobs">and more</a>.</p> <h2>Look at Your Hobbies</h2> <p>What do you like to do in your spare time? Even though your hobby may seem run-of-the-mill to you, you can perhaps turn it into a full-time job or even just something you can make side income from. For example, if you like making crafts, then you should consider selling your goods on Etsy. Here are <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Make-Money-From-Hobbies-17582307">some websites</a> that may help you genetrate income from your favorite way to pass time.</p> <h2>Figure Out What Parts of Your Job You Like and Don't Like</h2> <p>Maybe you don't like your job, but there can be some aspects of it that you enjoy or that you're good at. Maybe it's teamwork you enjoy or crunching data. Take a close look at what energizes you at work, and see if you can find a career to fit what you enjoy doing at work. And it's just as important to figure out what you don't like at your job, to make sure that your next job doesn't have those aspects.</p> <h2>Read Autobiographies of People You Look Up To</h2> <p>Get inspired by the lives of real people &mdash; past and present. Reading biographies of people you look up to can really motivate you and prod you in the right direction. Just know that most people start out from the bottom to work their way up. For example, did you know that award-winning director James Cameron was once a truck driver? After watching the movie Star Wars, he <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Cameron#cite_note-21">quit his job</a> to join the film industry.</p> <h2>Take a Class</h2> <p>Maybe you think graduate school will help you get you to where you want to be. Well, before taking the plunge, test it out by taking classes you would take at those schools. Local colleges generally have courses that match your interest.</p> <h2>Interview People</h2> <p>Do the legwork to understand what a specific career entails. Sometimes hearing about a career from someone who actually has it is a big reality check. Remember the grass is always greener on the other side, and you may not have a realistic idea of the job you want. Invite people who have the job you want out for coffee, and ask them about what it's really like. You should ask several people just to try and get different perspectives.</p> <h2>Give Yourself a Break</h2> <p>The pressure of figuring out the rest of your life can be getting to you and can be a road block. Perhaps you need to just take a break from everything and take some time off to relax. You can spend a weekend away from home (perhaps at a national park) or maybe just let yourself indulge in activities you enjoy without having to think about the real world. When you return home and your mind is clear, you'll likely be in a better position of knowing what you want.</p> <h2>Browse the Library</h2> <p>Free knowledge at your fingertips, courtesy of your local library. Spend a day just browsing the shelves and learning more about topics that catch your interest, and you might find yourself leaning towards an area of interest.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don&#039;t worry — you won&#039;t be at that job you hate forever. Find a new career you love by starting with these steps. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a style="border:none;" href="http://www.savvysugar.com"><img width="300" height="95" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/POPSUGARrgb.jpg" alt="" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>POPSUGAR Smart Living</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Why-I-Didnt-Get-Promoted-26989167">8 Reasons Why You Didn't Get That Promotion</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Work-Advice-Women-20s-31940502">How to Deal With the Hardest Parts of Being in Your 20s</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Highlight-Your-Achievements-Work-23352124">How to Sing Your Own Praises at Work (Without Bragging)</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/popsugar-smart-living">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuck-in-a-rut-12-things-you-can-do-to-help-you-find-your-calling">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-free-and-fun-ways-to-reward-yourself">20 Free and Fun Ways to Reward Yourself</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-can-too-7-amazing-things-people-have-accomplished-in-under-a-year">You Can Too: 7 Amazing Things People Have Accomplished in Under a Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-money-resolutions-you-should-skip-this-year">4 Money Resolutions You Should Skip This Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/successful-new-years-resolutions-have-this-one-thing-in-common-does-yours">Successful New Year&#039;s Resolutions Have This One Thing in Common — Does Yours?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-money-saving-new-years-goals-that-you-can-actually-keep">10 Money-Saving New Year&#039;s Goals That You Can Actually Keep</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development career change goals passion Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:05:27 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 991261 at http://www.wisebread.com 25 Signs That You've Been at the Same Job Too Long http://www.wisebread.com/25-signs-that-youve-been-at-the-same-job-too-long <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-signs-that-youve-been-at-the-same-job-too-long" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3237482009_4106372473_z.jpg" alt="office stapler" title="office stapler" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We live in an age of short attention spans, low patience, instant gratification, and unrealistic expectations. Duration of employment is at an all-time low, and most of us don't make it past the two-year mark, on average. That being said, we've surely been around the guy or gal who has simply just been around too long. And just maybe, that guy or gal is you! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-important-signs-that-your-job-sucks" title="10 Important Signs That Your Job Sucks">10 Important Signs That Your Job Sucks</a>)</p> <p>That's right, without realizing it, there might be signs that you've reached the limit on your current job, and it might be time to consider an employer or a <a href="http://20somethingfinance.com/should-you-tell-your-employer-you-are-changing-careers/">career change</a>. What follows are some warning signs that the writing is on the wall (all meant to be humorous, but some might be painfully true):</p> <ol> <li>You start to refer to all new hires as &quot;pups&quot; and &quot;spring chickens.&quot;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You play office trivia at lunch with other tenured folk just to make the &quot;pups&quot; and &quot;spring chickens&quot; feel out of place.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>They ran out of clever title changes to make you feel special about doing the same work.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You start getting plaques for how long you've been around.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>They start naming plants around the office after you as some sort of twisted memorial.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You stop caring that last night's leftover fish that you're microwaving for lunch stinks up the entire break room.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You work in a company of thousands of people, you have a common first name, and your email alias is your first name.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You bring up the &quot;office softball game from 10 years ago,&quot; only to sadly realize mid-thought that nobody you're talking to was even there 10 years ago.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>HR has to tell you to &quot;use or lose&quot; your <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/america-is-the-no-vacation-nation" title="America Is the No Vacation Nation">vacation days</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You know everyone's kids' names, and remember them.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You only stick around for the sole purpose of getting drunk and making an ass out of yourself at the annual Holiday party.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You're the only person the IT guy completely avoids because he's scared of you.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>There are empty liquor bottles in your cubicle...and you just don't care.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You can't remember when you didn't spend an hour a day at watching YouTube videos at work.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You reminisce about the '80s all the time, only to painfully realize later that most of the people you work with were actually born in the late '80s.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Your boss is younger than you. Yeah....<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You remember actually cashing a paycheck from the same employer.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You get nostalgic about how things used to be...and those things used to really suck back then.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You are grandfathered in to an actual <a href="http://20somethingfinance.com/pensions-vs-401ks-why-you-should-care-that-pensions-are-going-extinct/">pension</a>. Man, those were nice.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You tell your boss about a job offer you received and they just laugh.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Business casual now means jeans and a polo shirt.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You brought your kid to work on &quot;bring your kid to work day&quot; when they started school but they couldn't make this year's because they have their own job now.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You reference a scene in Office Space, comparing it to your job, at least once a week.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You stop getting performance reviews because your boss ran out of BS suggestions for &quot;areas to improve.&quot;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>9-to-5 literally means 9-to-5.</li> </ol> <p><em>What are some other painfully humorous revelations you've had that told you you've simply been around too long?<br /> </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ge-miller">G.E. Miller</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-signs-that-youve-been-at-the-same-job-too-long">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-important-signs-that-your-job-sucks">10 Important Signs That Your Job Sucks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-times-you-should-demand-a-raise">5 Times You Should Demand a Raise</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-job-perks-that-can-lead-to-a-dream-career">6 Job Perks That Can Lead to a Dream Career</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-warning-signs-that-it-is-not-the-job-for-you">6 Warning Signs that It Is Not the Job for You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-youre-being-a-terrible-employee">12 Ways You&#039;re Being a Terrible Employee</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building career career change finding a job getting a job unhappy at work work Thu, 30 Sep 2010 14:00:17 +0000 G.E. Miller 250395 at http://www.wisebread.com A Frugal Resource: The Community College http://www.wisebread.com/a-frugal-resource-the-community-college <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/a-frugal-resource-the-community-college" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/Seattle Central Community College.jpg" alt="community college building at night" title="Seattle Central Community College" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>One of my favorite frugal resources is the community college. Even though I&rsquo;ve taken several classes at my local college, I&rsquo;ve barely tapped into the depth of resources available not only to enrolled students but also to community members. Here are ideas on getting value from your tuition and tax money. &nbsp;</p> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><strong>Select a course of study, degree program, or individual classes based on your goals.</strong> Occasionally, I talk to people who seem disappointed that a class or two didn&rsquo;t jumpstart a stalled career. A computer class, for example, may help someone learn how to build a spreadsheet but, while such a skill is useful in the workplace, it may equip a job seeker with minimum qualifications rather than transforming capabilities. A career launch or change in direction generally requires a couple of years of study in an in-demand field such as nursing.</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">Consider how to use community college courses:&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li><strong>Start (and/or complete) a college career.</strong> A couple of my family members have taken advantage of combo high school/college courses (such as an <a href="http://www.forsythtech.edu/courses/college-in-high-school/early-college-program">Early College program</a>), getting college credits while in high school at no cost.&nbsp;Many Associate degree programs (such as nursing, graphic design, or architectural technology) may give a student all that is needed to land a great job and enjoy a fulfilling career.</li> <li><strong>Augment a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-pay-less-money-for-a-college-degree">college career</a>. </strong>Many community college classes are transferable to four-year universities. My husband took a hard-to-get course at his hometown college during the summer break from UNC so that he could meet graduation requirements.</li> <li><strong>Broaden or update&nbsp;skills or certifications beneficial for the workplace.</strong> To keep up-to-date with my computer skills, I&nbsp;have taken a few classes over several years.&nbsp;Keeping up with technology can be especially difficult for the self-employed as software, training, and technical support are self-funded; the community college is a particularly valuable resource for businesses with minimal training budgets.</li> <li><strong>Get skills that could be useful for a side business. </strong>Though I haven't started a business based on skills and knowledge gained from community&nbsp;college classes, I can envision providing services or creating products after taking courses such as medical&nbsp;interpreting&nbsp;or&nbsp;cake decorating.</li> <li><strong>Acquire new skills that could be useful in saving money. </strong>I&nbsp;have taken cooking classes and learned some basics that cookbooks often neglect (such as how to select and cook certain cuts of meat).</li> <li><strong>Launch a new career. </strong>Recent high school grads and those with years of experience and degrees may find a career through a program at the community college.<strong> </strong>A 30ish neighbor with three kids in school recently finished a dental hygiene program and is now working at a local dentist's office. <strong><br /> </strong></li> </ul> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">I am most familiar with expanding&nbsp;skills by taking classes in personal taxation, CPR, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-bake-sourdough-bread-and-save-a-buck-on-every-loaf">breadmaking</a>, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bridging-the-gap-from-dining-out-to-eating-in">cooking,</a> and desktop publishing. Most were offered through the continuing education area but one was part of a curriculum program, which required&nbsp;meeting with an admissions counselor and attending an orientation session to get a parking pass.</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">Here are a few things I have learned about getting the most out of the community college experience (also relevant to the university experience):</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li><strong><font face="Times New Roman">I</font>nstructors are generally very knowledgeable in their respective fields.</strong> Some are great instructors but a few are not very experienced or particularly proficient in teaching. To get the best value, be motivated to learn not just by paying attention in class but by tapping into the instructor&rsquo;s expertise during class sessions, when time allows. For example, one of my classes had a few (seemingly unnecessary) sessions dedicated to project work; though the instructor didn&rsquo;t have much to teach on those days, she showed a deep knowledge of the subject matter and didn&rsquo;t mind answering non-project-related questions. &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Scholarships are available, </strong>either through the college itself (see a <a href="http://www.successbydegrees.com/images//2008-2009%20scholarships%2004.22.08.pdf">scholarship listing of one community college</a>) or through <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-win-small-scholarships-for-a-big-payoff">private, non-college-specific scholarships</a>&nbsp;that can be applied to community college tuition, fees, and expenses.</li> <li><strong>Discounts for books, software, and more may be available to students who are taking just one class.</strong><b> </b>When I took a desktop publishing class in pre-Internet years, I was able to buy a student version of the software at a significant discount to an off-the-shelf purchase.</li> <li><strong>Affordable, quality</strong><a href="http://www.gtcc.edu/services/childcare/"><strong>&nbsp;childcare</strong></a><strong>&nbsp;may be available. </strong>One obstacle to getting an education and a job is lack of appropriate childcare so some colleges offer onsite childcare staffed in part by students who are earning early childhood education credentials.</li> </ul> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">In addition to classes, I have also attended dinner theatres (<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fine-dining-on-a-take-out-budget">catered by the culinary school</a>)&nbsp;and walked trails created by the horticulture school. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/philip-brewer">Philip</a> tells me that there are a wealth of resources at his local college, such as <a href="http://www.parkland.edu/theatre/">live theatre</a>, a <a href="http://www.parkland.edu/library/">library</a>, and a <a href="http://www.parkland.edu/planetarium/index.html">planetarium</a> (you can even host a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-throw-a-kid%E2%80%99s-birthday-party-that%E2%80%99s-fun-happily-memorable">birthday party</a> at the planetarium).</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">Other resources available for free or discounted prices may include</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><strong>for students:</strong></div> <ul> <li>Computer lab access with live, in-person assistance</li> <li>Tutoring</li> <li><a href="http://www.forsythtech.edu/services-for-students/student-support/mechtild-montgomery-language-lab">Foreign language lab</a></li> <li>Counseling and mentoring</li> <li>Job placement services</li> </ul> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><strong>for community members: </strong></div> <ul> <li><a href="http://sbdcfreeadvice.ning.com/">Business start-up and management counseling</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.gtcc.edu/community/index.html">Fine dining</a> (associated with culinary schools)</li> <li><a href="http://www.forsythtech.edu/services-for-students/student-support/dental-clinic">Dental services</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.gtcc.edu/programs/publicServiceTech/cosmetology/index.html">Salon services</a></li> <li>Job search assistance such as resume writing and interviewing workshops</li> </ul> <p>Have you gotten a fresh start at the community college or found its resources valuable? Share your experiences and tips for getting the most out of the community college.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/julie-rains">Julie Rains</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-frugal-resource-the-community-college">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-save-money-when-you-are-unemployed">10 Ways to Save Money When You Are Unemployed</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-financial-moves-to-make-the-moment-you-get-fired">11 Financial Moves to Make the Moment You Get Fired</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-things-to-do-during-your-commute-even-if-you-drive">10 Smart Things to Do During Your Commute (Even If You Drive!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/hey-boss-please-dont-bother-me-im-daydreaming">Hey Boss, Please Don’t Bother Me, I’m Daydreaming</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/trick-yourself-into-saving-more-of-your-biweekly-paychecks">Trick Yourself into Saving More of Your Biweekly Paychecks</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income Budgeting Productivity career change discount dental services early college free business counseling free business plans free job search help free resources inexpensive dining Wed, 29 Apr 2009 13:34:33 +0000 Julie Rains 3093 at http://www.wisebread.com