Assessment - there are tests on-line available for you to take so that you can understand your likes and dislikes. They will survey your skills and talents. One option for this is through the award winning Illinois workNet website. Once you have completed this, you may have a better understanding of what draws you to a certain type of job over another.
Labor Market Information - You don't want to find yourself having spent a significant period of time training for a job only to find out that there are no jobs available in that field. To help prevent "dead-end" training, you should investigate labor market data surrounding the career path you have chosen. Illinois, as well as other states, have information to help you determine growth and wages for certain occupations or groups of occupations. Check here.
- To find information about wages and occupation outlooks you would select LMI source
- For a more historical perspective you can check the Work Info Center
- A national perspective is provided at the US Bureau of Labor Statistics
Education - Now that you have figured out what you want to do, do you possess the skills required to do that job? You may need job skills training, or a full degree. You can find out the types of training needed from the career information sites listed above. All of the options are identified on Illinois workNet under the "Learn" tab. Local schools are identified on KCDEE's webpage. You can also reach the approved list of statewide training providers who offer classes to those receiving Workforce Investment Act training services.
Skills - sometimes your education is adequate but you may need to enhance your soft skills or other minor job skills like typing or update your computer software skills. We have resources for that as well. You can find soft skills information in this blog, on KCDEE webpage, or on Illinois workNet. Maybe you need to type better or faster. www.learn2type.com helps you with those skills. Or you can improve your computer skills here. Goodwill Foundation offers software training for free.
No matter what the assessments say about you, there are a couple of other things that you need to take into consideration and that is your personal feelings. One example I recently found out about was a woman could not work for any business associated with the tobacco industry because her mother had died of lung cancer from smoking. How will your personal beliefs impact your decision to follow a particular career path?
How many careers have you had in your life and what is your next one going to be?