Career Training Can Help You Create Winning Habits

By: Sherry Harris

Career training is a postsecondary institution that provides professional, career-specific educational programs. Completion of a program can range from short-term certificates and diplomas to doctorate degrees.

Research has shown that people are happier if they make solid progress toward their goals. Career training is designed with that progress in mind. What you learn will help you discover your dreams as well as attain your goals.

Today, we are provided with a long list of careers from which to choose. Because there are so many choices, the decision can seem daunting. But one thing is for sure, the demand for high-skilled employees is much greater than the current supply. A twenty-four percent job growth rate by 2010 is projected for occupations requiring postsecondary career training. That is great news for you. Career training institutions provide training for many of these occupations and graduate approximately one-half of the trained workers who enter the U.S. workforce.

Career training schools focus on needs of both students and employers. Most have business advisory boards that help shape the curriculum and develop programs to meet growing workforce demands.

So you have done your part in getting career training, now what?

Like anything else, your chances of achieving a rewarding and fulfilling career depend greatly on how you approach your job search. It's easy to become overwhelmed due to a lack of knowledge about what to do or where to begin. However, starting a search for a successful, rewarding and fulfilling career need not be daunting.

Why? Because your career training no doubt included helpful information to assist you in finding the perfect job for you. As a refresher some of those winning habits you have learned or will learn during your career training include the following:

Invest time in your job search - spend at least 30 hours per week on your job search.

Explore many different job search options, such as: personal contacts, internet, unemployment office, job fairs, employment agencies, network and newspapers

Be persistent in contacting potential employers - persistency is the single most important ingredient to your job search success. You may have to hear many rejections from potential employers, but that only gets you closer to when you will hear an employer say "yes".

Send thank-you notes to prospective employers, friends and other referral sources.

Research the organization that you will be interviewing with. Find out its history, products and services, corporate structure and prospects for the future. Knowing this information will help you to answer interview questions such as: "What interests you about our company"? and "What kind of contribution can you make to our company"?

If you pay attention while taking your career training program, not only will you learn a great skill, but you create winning habits as well.

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