There aren't many silver linings in a national job market that
has shed 2.5 million payroll positions over the past 28 months.
According to CareerJournal.com, The Wall Street Journal's
executive career site, in the scramble to find stable jobs,
many workers are changing careers and flocking to industries
that have suffered through chronic worker shortages in recent
years, such as nursing and teaching.
Enrollment in four-year U.S. nursing programs rose 12% in the
past two years after falling throughout the 1990s, according
to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Similar
trends are playing out in teaching. California has seen a 40%
increase in the number of people taking teacher-qualification
exams during the past two years.
The unemployment rate has reached a nine-year high, and there
are nine million unemployed people, according to the U.S.
Department of Labor.
"A career change makes sense if you can't find employment in
your chosen field and you want to move forward professionally,"
says Tony Lee, editor in chief of CareerJournal.com. "Now is
a good time to think about job opportunities you'd enjoy and
start developing skills that are in demand."
According to CareerJournal.com, many people find it difficult
to change careers because they think they have to do it in one
"Career change is a transition that begins with a self-assessment
and then moves toward taking practical steps to land a job in
the new field," says Mr. Lee.
CareerJournal.com offers these tips for making a career change:
Start by reviewing your skills and understanding how they can be
applied in a different environment.
Explore your options, set goals and make plans to develop yourself to
fit your new career path.
Acquire skills by returning to school.
Do something you enjoy; the most successful individuals enjoy their
Gain skills from volunteering.
Transfer your skills to your resume; to change careers requires a
complete resume makeover.
CareerJournal.com features more than 30,000 jobs
and 2,500 articles on all aspects of job hunting and career
management. CareerJournal.com also features salary data,
negotiating tips, popular columns from The Wall Street Journal,
and exclusive content from its own dedicated news staff. The
site was recently awarded a gold star and named Best Executive
Career Site by Yahoo! Internet Life magazine, received a Best
of the Web award from Forbes magazine and was selected Best
Site by CareerXRoads in their 2002 Directory.