Does your career still excite you as much as it did on day one? Do you feel motivated by your superiors, co-workers and the projects you contribute to? Are you looking forward to your next day on the job?
If you answered "no" to any of these questions, you might already be thinking about how to change careers. The good news is that it is possible to successfully change your career even if you're already established in your current path. As you might imagine, it can be challenging, but changing careers can also be inspiring, refreshing and make you much happier overall.
Keep reading to discover how you can change careers regardless of where you are in your current role, industry or stage of life.
Knowing you are not happy with your current position is the first step to making a career change, but it's helpful to identify why you're unhappy in order to move forward. Most people fall into one of these three categories:
As you can see, a career change has three areas of focus: industry, role or both. Home in on what exactly you would like to change and why by writing down your "must-haves" and your "definitely-nots."
Drawing hard lines on what you do or do not want in your new career will narrow your search and make each step forward easier. Here are some make-or-break aspects of a career to consider:
If the three categories above don't describe you, take this quick quiz to see if a role refresh is what you're looking for instead of a full career change.
Now that you've defined what you don't want, turn your attention to what you do want. If you already have your dream career picked out, that's great. If you're struggling to focus your efforts, here are some valuable steps you can take:
A lot of people think they know what they want to do, until they do it. That's why it's important to get as much information as possible before you start toward a career change, so you know where you are going and how to get there.
For many adults, it is necessary to go back to college, go to college for the first time or add new skills to their resume to become a competitive candidate for the new career they want. In today's rapidly expanding industries, with technological advances and high level of competition, returning to college or earning a career-specific certification is one of the smartest investments you can make for your future. Education might be the only thing standing between you and the career you know you want.
Sure, college classes may sound overwhelming, but with the right college you might be surprised at how easy it can be to up your skills. Online colleges, like Ashworth College, provide online diploma, degree, certificate and career training programs designed to fit your schedule, not the other way around. This modern method of learning gives you the freedom you need to pursue your education on your time and in your chosen environment.
Regardless of where you've been and where you are now, you can still change your career. Get started today with the exercises above and investigate what would be required of you to land your dream career. If you need to refresh your resume, join millions of other adults by accessing an online college that will help you balance your future pursuits with your current responsibilities. You may find yourself in that dream career a lot faster than you thought possible.
If you’ve taken any prescription medications, you’ve no doubt interacted with a pharmacy technician. These professionals are most recognizable as the folks at your local drug store – handing you a prescription bag and ringing up your purchase on the cash register.
Retail pharmacies aren’t the only places pharm techs work, though. Pharmacy technicians work in a variety of settings, from hospitals to mail-order prescription facilities. And their job tasks can vary greatly depending on where they work.
About half of all pharm techs work in drug stores, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. In a retail environment, pharmacy technicians work under the direction of the registered pharmacist to handle a number of important tasks, including:
Most pharmacy technicians employed in a retail setting work full time, sometimes in shifts that include nights and weekends. The median pharmacy technician salary in retail drug stores is about $30,000 per year, and demand for pharm techs is expected to grow rapidly as the Baby Boomer population continues to age.
Some pharm techs don’t want to interact with the public as much as required in a drug store setting. If that sounds like you, then you may be interested to know that hospitals employ many pharmacy technicians “behind the scenes” to prepare medications for patients. Like their retail peers, hospital-based pharm techs also work under the supervision of a registered pharmacist, but they may perform more complex tasks, including:
Working in a hospital is tops for pharmacy technician pay: the median salary for these professionals comes in at nearly $37,000 per year.
Many people receive their medications through the mail these days, and while it’s true that big machines count and package those pills, the prescriptions still must be processed by someone who has passed a pharmacy technician exam.
In a mail-order pharmacy, a pharm tech might:
Pharmacy technician hourly pay in a mail-order facility might run as high as $15.50, for a median annual salary of about $31,000.
Pharm techs work in other settings, too, including nursing homes and assisted living facilities, where they may package and dispense medications to patients.
If you’re interested in learning more about how to become a pharmacy technician, our Admission Advisors can put you on the path to enter this this fast-growing field. Learn more about the online pharmacy technician program at Ashworth College. Call 1-800-957-5412 or request free information today!
In our GO AFTER IT blog series, you'll meet fellow students and grads who committed themselves to chasing their dreams and proving it pays to GO AHEAD toward better opportunities -- no matter the obstacles to be overcome.
When Dan Brennanhusen* attained his role as the new director of safety and security for a major school district, his qualifications included nearly two decades of law enforcement and corporate security experience. He had also earned his Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Ashworth College and is a strong believer in the power of education to achieve success.
“I believe higher education is a leveraging tool to seek higher positions,” says Brennanhusen, “and with higher positions you typically are better compensated.”
While Brennanhusen was rewarded with better compensation, he feels that his Ashworth College program provided him with something much more valuable than the promise of higher pay. Even after working as a professional in law enforcement for so many years, he learned new concepts and techniques from the books and lessons in the Master of Criminal Justice Degree Program. He also discovered the practicality of his education, since he is using what he learned every day in his new job.
“I found the program to be contemporary and directly applicable to my profession. The core principles and components of my studies positively impact my career daily,” he says.
The quality of the program was unquestionably relevant to Brennanhusen’s career, but there were other benefits of an Ashworth College education that drew him into attending in the first place.
“Because I had a really busy work and family life, including two kids, I had to find a flexible program. I had been promoted to new assignments and divisions so life was as busy as it could possibly be. Ashworth College offered the accreditation and flexibility I needed to attain my objectives. The cost was also a plus.”
One might ask why a successful criminal justice professional who was already promoted would want to continue their education. According to Brennanhusen, the answer was twofold: career advancement and personal growth. At the time, he was a police sergeant and wanted to become a member of his department’s executive leadership team by working his way up to chief. After being promoted to commander, Brennanhusen realized that he would need a master’s degree to be considered for the next step up. And he knew that a higher-level degree would help him in his role for future promotions.
Says Brennanhusen, “Hiring someone always comes with some risks. I view degrees and higher education as an important piece of the puzzle. Having ‘missing pieces’ may cause a potential employer to find someone who has a more complete puzzle.”
As Brennanhusen completed his educational “puzzle,” he took his time. Aside from his competing priorities of earning a living and caring for a busy family, he says he didn’t want to merely pass assignments – he wanted to get good grades, do well and truly learn. He even paused his studies for a while so he could regroup and refocus.
Congratulations to Brennanhusen on completing his master’s Degree in Criminal Justice and the opportunities it has afforded him. If you’re interested in this field, or other fields of study, we recommend you contact an Admissions Advisor at 1-800-957-5412 who will be happy to answer any and all questions you may have.
* At the request of the student in the interest of job privacy and security, a pseudonym is being used; otherwise, all quotes and information in this blog are actual and verifiable.
What’s your dream career? Working in the booming healthcare field? Criminal justice? Owning your own business?
All too often, people’s dreams get derailed because they think they can’t get the education they need to turn their vision into reality. The Ashworth College graduates in these videos will tell you otherwise. Hear their inspiring stories, and then talk to an admissions advisor today so you can stop dreaming and start pursuing your ideal career!
Wouldn’t you love to star in your own graduation video, dressed in a gown and mortarboard like these students? We would certainly love to see you walk the stage at our live commencement event to receive the certificate, diploma, or degree you earned at Ashworth College.
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