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.
- Academic professionals / education administrators / supervisors: choose your best options
- Administrative assistants: choose your best options
- Building maintenance / trades: see also janitors and energy
- Information technology
- Student service providers: see school counselor
- 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.
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.
- Children, family, youth assistant
- Customer service representative
- Employment recruiter
- Event coordinator
- Librarian or library assistant
- Pet groomer or veterinarian assistant
- Sales representative or account executive (e.g., books, educational products, etc.)
Nontraditional Jobs for Women
- High-growth jobs in energy
- High-growth jobs in manufacturing
- Science, technology, engineering, and math careers
- Billing clerks
- Bookkeeping and accounting clerk
- Health information technician
- Medical transcriptionists
- Manufacturing careers (e.g., equipment operator, installers, machine repair)
- Transportation / distribution / logistics careers (e.g., mechanics)
Teaching or Training:
- Adult educator (e.g., literacy, remedial education, GED, ESL)
- Corporate trainer (management training, technical training, e-learning, etc).
- High school teacher and teachers aide
- Instructional coordinator / distance learning instructor (e.g., educational assessments)
Technical / Analytical Occupations
- Computer programmer
- Computer security specialist
- Management analyst
- Market research analyst
- Online marketing (e.g., search engine optimization, web trends analysis)
- Software developer / hardware engineer
- Systems analysts
- Technical support specialist
Writing / Creative Occupations