Why it’s never too late to make the switch to a second career
When it comes to options after high school, many students choose a career path that, at the time, fits their interests and skillset. Yet, what if you feel that the choice you made was the wrong one, and now you want to enter a new occupational field? In 2015, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that younger baby boomers born 1957 through 1964 held an average of 11.7 jobs from ages 18 to 48. That number is only expected to grow as Gallup reports that sixty percent of millennials born between 1980 and 1986 are open to a new job opportunity at any point in time. Career education or trade schools like Porter and Chester Institute offer people interested in switching careers a second chance at finding a job that better fits their skillset and can lead to a more rewarding career. Here are some reasons how trade schools can help reboot your career. Getting to work faster One of the biggest roadblocks that prevents many from switching careers is the time it will take to complete classes with a two-year or four-year program. At trade schools, many of the programs feature an accelerated format that allows students to enter the workforce quicker than other options. Many of the programs at Porter and Chester Institute’s campuses can be completed in a year or less and set you on the path to finding a new career. Flexible class times Going to school requires a lot of time and effort from students, but it may feel even more daunting if you’re already holding a full-time or part-time job. That’s why trade schools provide students some of the best flexibility when it comes to class times. Many schools offer classes day and night to fit the schedules of students with all needs. Financial aid Paying for school on top of other living expenses can feel scary but most trade schools have financial aid departments to assist with tuition costs. Department representatives work closely with students in identifying resources that may be available at the federal, state, institutional and private levels. Connections with local employers By switching careers, people may fear that they will have to start over with networking in a new industry, but trade schools have career services departments whose main role is to assist students with identifying job opportunities in the area. Staff have established relationships with local employers and communicate with them routinely about employment opportunities. They also work with students on soft skills by holding resume workshops and mock interviews to prepare students for the workforce. If you think you're ready to reboot your career at a trade school, then head to TheFutureIWantNow.com/PCI to get more information on our programs and campuses!