Welcome to the Career Map!
If you are reading this we know you are probably looking for ways to land that next big job. We want to help. We’re in the business of helping people take that next step whether it is education, short term training, or a career transition. Here you will find some suggestions and some resources that can help you along your way. Because everyone’s path to success is different, we advise you to take this information and apply it to your own unique situation. We can’t tell you exactly what to do, but we can help you get started. So here we go…
Step 1: Discover More About Yourself
Many people enter careers they think they will like only to find out they’re miserable. The good news is that there are personal assessment tests available to help you focus on the careers that are best suited for you. If you have never taken an assessment test, we recommend you spend 15 minutes and complete the assessment test on our website. It is free, easy to complete, and the results are available immediately.
Step 2: Career Exploration
It doesn’t matter where you start; you always need to know where you’re going. Before you decide what’s best for you, be sure to research the jobs that are available and the demand for those jobs. You can look at our demand occupation list for some good ideas of what is needed in the West Central Texas region, or you can check out our Career Guides, which are organized by career clusters and provide information about local occupations and their average salaries. Don’t stop there! Talk to friends, search the internet, volunteer somewhere for a few days, and visit your local Workforce Center to learn as much as you can.
Step 3: Identify Your Best Option
There are usually multiple ways to get to the same place. The same can be said for your career. Be sure to take a look at your current skill sets and education level to determine the best route for you. You may think you have to have a college degree when all you really have to do is pass a test or participate in a short term training program. The point is this: explore all of your options. Be sure to gather as much information as you can before you make your decision.
Step 4: Training or Education
Most people don’t understand how valuable their education is to their career. Currently, it is estimated that 60 - 70% of all jobs require some sort of post-secondary (after high school) training. You may not have a master’s degree, but you may not need one. Align your desired career with its required degree or training and then find a place to participate. The West Central Texas area has a diverse selection of colleges and universities to help you prepare. Go see what they have to offer!
Step 5: Landing That Job
The age old question is, "What’s more valuable, experience or education?" We recommend both! Look for ways to gain experience in your desired field through internships or by simply volunteering to help for a short time. The more experience and training you have, the more valuable you are to employers. At Workforce Solutions, we offer a variety of services to help you along your way. You can get interviewing and resume tips on our website, visit with a career consultant at one of our regional centers, search for jobs in Work in Texas, or attend one of our training workshops. The more you do the better chance you’ll have of landing that next great job. Good luck! And don’t forget to ask us for any help you may need!