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Finding Your Career Direction

Finding (or refocusing) your career direction can seem like a daunting task. Whether you are right out of college or midway through your career, determining that you need a course correction is a serious decision.

It’s not uncommon for someone to graduate college only to discover that the number of jobs in your field is not as plentiful as your school advisors lead you to believe. And if you are past the midpoint in your career, it’s not uncommon to find yourself in a situation, either through personal choice or economic necessity, where a career change is required.

The good news is that many times the opportunities needed for a successful career change are more readily available to us than ever before. The challenge is that you may need to reevaluate your priorities in order to make the transition.

Recently, a reader asked for some advice on trying to find a position with a college or university in the field of Study Abroad Advisor. She had a passion for travel and an educational background in Social Services and believed she would enjoy working in the University Administration field.

Unfortunately, there weren’t any opportunities in the colleges in her immediate area. As you can imagine, there are not many of these jobs in total and if this is your passion, incumbents in these positions tend to stay in those roles for decades.

The challenge was that our reader needed to reevaluate her priorities. Was she open to moving across the country? If so, she could be considered for a much wider range of job opportunities. Was she open to expanding her search beyond working for strictly a college or university? If so, she could find a broader number of opportunities by working for an independent business that helped prospective students either study abroad or international students study abroad here in the U.S..

Too often, when we are confronted with a potential career change, we only see the difficulties that are right in front of us. By taking a step back and opening ourselves up to adjacent opportunities, we can find other avenues that can offer personal and professional growth.