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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.

Related Occupations

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.

Related Industries

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.

Specialty Occupations

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.

Helping Occupations


Nontraditional Jobs for Women


Office Support


Skilled Trades


Teaching or Training:


Technical / Analytical Occupations


Writing / Creative Occupations