When changing careers or choosing a career, you may be considering a career option in which many people are interested. What if a required education program has too many applicants, a lot of prerequisites, or is just very selective?
Competition to get into some education programs required for in-demand careers can be stiff. Funding is being cut for community colleges and public universities, making the situation worse. Take, for example, these statistics for a top career options like nursing:
American Association of Colleges of Nursing says 75,000 qualified nursing school applicants turned away in 2011.
Dig deep into choosing a career, college major and training program – as early as possible. And once you know what’s involved and the better prepared you are, the better your chances of getting into the program you want.
3 Tips for Career Planning Success:
1. Fully research your career options, including related occupations.
2. Fully research your education options, including different types of degrees/programs and the schools that offer them. The OOH will be a big help, especially the tabs “How to Become One” and “Contacts for More Info.” Make sure the program environment, what we call “college major environment” fits your personality.
3. Have a back up plan if your first choices do not work out.
If you make a high-quality career decision you’ll know what your backup choices are, information about them, and their pros and cons.
Even though it may cost more money to apply to more, less attractive schools, it's worthwhile insurance against rejection and disappointment.It’s a challenge to stay positive and confident when career planning in a difficult economy
And if you are unable to get into any school you are considering, working in the same industry that interests you (say Healthcare) but in a different occupation than you originally envisioned may open your eyes to new careers and opportunities you hadn’t known about.