Change Careers for State College and Universities Employees
After you're laid off, you might seek interim employment or find a new career in a new industry. How do you make these moves?
People in the midst of job transition often use the time and motivation to step back and think about their career path. ISEEK's Find a Job section can help those looking for positions similar to your previous one.
Resources to Get Started
The online resources below can help you brainstorm other occupations and industries that best fit you now and in the future.
- Explore new career options based on the skills you've used in a past job using mySkills myFuture, an online tool that matches current jobs to future careers, training, and jobs.
- Review this career planning guide (69KB,.pdf) to evaluate where you are in the decision-making process and what your next steps might be.
- Assess yourself, your skills, interests, and your experience to know what you bring to a new career or job.
- Get an overview on changing careers after a job loss.
- While no one can predict labor market trends, exploring high-growth jobs that fit your skills, experience, and interests can help to direct your decisions.
- Consider nontraditional careers to open doors and possibly provide higher wages for you.
- Learn about construction trades. If you're interested in learning more, check with a Minnesota union about high-growth jobs, required skills, training, and licensure.
Below are related occupations similar to the occupational groups employed by state colleges and universities. Learn about wages, employment growth, skills needed, education requirements, and other related occupations by clicking on these career cluster titles.
- Education and Training Careers
- Information Technology Careers
- College Education Administrators
- Educational, Vocational, and School Counselors
- Energy Auditors
- Janitors and Cleaners
- Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
- Careers in other clusters
Below are industries related to higher education. Find information on working in these industries including occupations, associations, resources, and employment by clicking on an industry title.
- Careers in Architecture and Construction
- Careers in Education and Training
- Careers in Ambulatory Health Care Services
- Careers in Information Technology
- Careers in Social Assistance
- Careers in all other industries
Professionals from higher education institutions tend to be versatile, with a wide range of occupations to consider. Explore some of these specialties and high-growth occupations based on your unique skills and expertise. Many of these occupation profiles link directly to jobs in your region.
- Customer Service Representatives
- Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists
- Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners
- Library Technicians
- Wholesale and Manufacturing Sales Representatives
Nontraditional Jobs for Women
- High-growth jobs in energy
- High-growth jobs in manufacturing
- Science, technology, engineering, and math careers
- Billing and Posting Clerks
- Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
- Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
- Medical Transcriptionists
Teaching or Training:
- Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers
- Distance Learning Coordinators
- High School Teachers
- Instructional Coordinators
- Teacher Assistants
- Training and Development Specialists
Technical / Analytical Occupations
- Computer Hardware Engineers
- Computer Network Architects
- Computer Programmers
- Computer Systems Analysts
- Computer User Support Specialists
- Management Analysts
- Market Research Analysts
- Search Marketing Strategists
- Systems Software Developers