If you're like many job seekers I know, you may be chastising yourself
for a change of heart–or a sudden lack of interest in the job
opportunity that seem oh-so very exciting to you–before you actually
worked in it!
Do you feel guilty for wanting to try something new or are you simply
frustrated with yourself for not realizing the need to make a change
sooner? Are you ready to try a new job? A new position? A new industry?
If you've decided it's time to make a change, give yourself a bit of credit, too. Even if it seems like many of your friends from high school have done exactly what they set out to accomplish, most people don't stay on Plan A. (I love This American Life survey from Ira Glass on Plan B in which he recounts an informal poll of an audience of 100+ people, and discovers that only one participant–a 20-something–is still on Plan A.)
Earlier this week, the U.S. Government celebrated Labor Day by unveiling a new tool, My Skills, My Future, that aims to make career transitions easier. You can check out this video in which Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announces the new online website:
My Skills, My Future enables you to explore your career options–starting with a job title. You can find estimates of position descriptions, salary information, and common job tasks. You can find local job postings, as well as training and education providers. (I see this as an upgraded version of occupational information previously shared through the Occupational Outlook Handbook–only one that closes the local gap. A bit more like Foursquare without the ability to share your information directly with others.)
My Skills, My Future is designed to help you assess–and identify ways to fill–gaps between what you've done in the past and what you want to do in the future. I see it as a tool to potentially help you find your best fit, especially since it provides you with a list of transferable skills across jobs and industries.
If you're in the midst of a job or industry transition–or simply want help applying for your next job, check out My Skills, My Future and let me know if I can help you chart out your own career course.