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Career Development for Experienced Alumni
There are many reasons that you may be thinking about a career change...
All of these are perfectly legitimate reasons to explore a career change. Many people think about changing careers - many during midlife - but don't know how to approach such a drastic change. Career exploration is a lifelong process experienced by all - but in different ways. Making decisions can be very complex and filled with anxiety. Your alumni career counselor can help you navigate through this process, identify your needs and develop a strategy to address your concerns. Call our office at 210-458-4589 to schedule an appointment.
Here are some great resources to get you started:
If you're over 50, check out these:
Is a Teaching Certificate in your Future? If you are thinking about coming back to school to obtain your Teaching Certification? Here's information on UTSA's Post-Baccalaureate program.
For more information on options in education, check these resources out.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the commonly asked questions by UTSA Alumni
Professional associations offer a wealth of benefits. Basically, they provide excellent opportunities for networking - particularly with others that are interested in the same career or industry fields as you are. In addition, they keep you in touch with recent trends and new developments in your field, provide opportunities for professional development, often offer job listings and product discounts, and provide opportunities for mentoringl. If you have not joined a professional association in your field it is strongly recommended.
Q: I am in the process of looking for work and want to keep up-to-date on my career field. How do I do this when I'm not currently working in the field?
Professional associations are a wonderful resource for keeping abreast of new and recent developments in the field. If you are not a member of a professional association in your field, you are strongly encouraged to join one and get involved. In addition, professional associations provide valuable networking opportunities which could help you land your next position. Check out the ASAE Center for a Gateway to Associations Directory.
Professional journals and magazines are another good source of information. A list of free magazines is available at Quintessential Careers Web site.
Q: I have just been laid off from my job. My most immediate concern is unemployment insurance. Where do I go for these benefits?
The Texas Workforce Commission should be able to assist you in terms of unemployment insurances, as well as providing one component of your job search assistance.
Q: I graduated from UTSA in 2003 with a degree in Psychology. In 2006, I completed a Master's degree in Education. I am currently considering getting another degree due to my difficulty in finding employment. Should I pursue another degree? I am totally lost. What should I do?
At this point in time, another graduate degree may not be the answer. At least not until you engage in a formal process of self-assessment, career exploration and career decision-making. Individuals often turn to graduate school when they have difficulty finding employment but it may not improve the situation. It requires thoughtful consideration and a plan of action before enrolling in another degree program.
Q: I am looking to transition into new and different work. But I'm concerned as to whether or not my technology skills are out of date. What do you suggest?
Take some time to look at job postings and descriptions for the type of position you'll be seeking. Make note of the technology skills the employer is looking for (and expects) for that type of position. Then identify what skills you're missing, as well as what skills you need to freshen up on. Local community colleges and other training organizations typically offer courses in a variety of updated technologies. This transition time would be an ideal time to acquire and refine these skills.
Q: I am considering a change of careers, and I know what kinds of careers I'm interested in pursuing. But I'm having a little trouble figuring out what to do next. Any suggestions?
It's important for you to develop a career plan, something that will provide guidance and direction for the future. You should consider incorporating the following steps into your career change plan: