Grants for Career Change

The reasons for needing a career change are various. Sometimes the factory relocates to Mexico and there are no others in your area. Sometimes an entire industry is no longer needed. Other times things like robotics can effectively decrease the number of jobs in a particular field. Whatever the reason, you suddenly find your particular set of job skills just isn’t going to provide you the income that it once was able to. Or maybe it is nothing more than you just need a change. In any case, it is time to look into how grants for a career change might help you.

Grants can operate in a number of ways. A grant paid to a nonprofit organization can fund such things as:

  • Career counseling

  • Skill assessments

  • Job training

  • Research local job market

Sometimes a career change involves starting your own business. Grants may be available to help you with that also.

If your job was lost due to a company relocating to Mexico or Canada, you may be able to get retraining assistance through the NAFTA-Transitional Adjustment Assistance (NAFTA-TAA) Program.

A successful career change is the result of a careful plan. You can’t just wake up one day and think, “I’m sick of being a truck driver; I think I’ll be a marine biologist.” Instead you should take certain carefully planned steps:

  • Evaluate Current Job. What do you like about it? What don’t you like about it? Be specific about what things you would like to have in your new career and those things you want to avoid.

  • Assess Current Skills. What are your strong points? What things do you do very well and what things only moderately well?

  • Brainstorm. Talk to fellow workers, family, and friends. Ask them what they think you’d be good at. Make a list of things that sound possible to you.

  • Evaluate. Look at each item on your list and consider what qualifications you already have and what you may need to learn about. Remove any that you determine may take more of a commitment than you are willing to make, such as some may find the time to obtain a lengthy medical degree inconceivable.

  • Research. Find out all you can about each option. Determine what you will need to do, if the income will be satisfactory, and how stable that industry is. Fully research by talking to professionals in that field and even perhaps performing some volunteer work in that industry.

  • Training. If your new career requires some training get going in it. Here is where grants and scholarships come into play. Start applying as soon as you determine the school you’ll attend.

It is never too late to learn a new thing. Yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks, so don’t let your age, or the number of years you’ve been doing the same thing dissuade you from starting something new. Step out of your comfort zone – you’ll be glad you did!

One Response to “Grants for Career Change”

  1. Jennifer Courtney Says:

    I finished my BBA but due to the ecomy and lack of job variety I am limited to employment choices more so due to my mental illness. I want to attend comsmetology school. My husband and I are both disabled so I’ve got to try and do something to improve our future.

    Thanks,
    Jennifer D. Courtney
    P.O. Box 114972 Lynchburg VA 24506
    434-209-4128

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