Thursday, March 5, 2015

Start Your Education and Training Research at New CareerOneStop Credentials Center

By Susan Pines, Shy Job Seeker Blog

Deciding what type of education or training to pursue is a huge decision. The choice you make can affect all parts of your life, both now and in the future, including
  • your career path 
  • your career prospects 
  • your career fit and satisfaction
  • your paycheck
  • your debt
  • your time
  • your relationships
  • your priorities
  • your overall happiness
CareerOneStop's Credential Center [Shy Job Seeker Blog]
You can find helpful links for education and training
 research at the CareerOneStop Credentials Center online.
The newly launched CareerOneStop Credentials Center site, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, is a place to start when facing the education/training puzzle.
The site “is for anyone interested in beginning or advancing their career through education or training. It offers tools, resources, tips, and information for a wide range of credentials seekers—from those who do not have a high-school degree to those who already have a graduate degree,” states the Credentials Center.

The Credentials Center organizes the key points in the education decision process, including how to decide which education or training to pursue and how much it will cost:
  • Training Options defines various credentials and gives links to search for programs in your field of interest and in your local area. The credentials include GED, adult basic education, short-term training, college, certifications, apprenticeships, internships, and professional development.
  • Afford Training lists points to consider for education expenses and then identifies possible ways to pay for the education or training, including financial aid and scholarships.
  • Find Your Path gives tips on which education options may be best for you, what jobs are in demand and what they pay, and how to make a training plan.
  • Toolkit provides online finders to search for local training, certification, apprenticeships, licenses, professional associations, and jobs. 
The Credentials Center links to other sites for detailed information. So be prepared to spend some time clicking links, reviewing other sites, and doing additional research. If you have already done research on your education or training options, this site is probably not for you because it’s pretty basic. For example, the information on internships is quite general and links only to federal internship options. If you are an older working who wants to change fields, you can get links on the site for research, but you still need face additional questions, such as “Is education worth it at my age?” “How can I get the training I need if I have a family to support and household bills to pay?” “Will I be able to keep up with and finish school given my other responsibilities?”

Still, the Credentials Center may lead you to resources and information you had not considered. In my opinion, the site is most useful for anyone just beginning to think about education or training. Perhaps the Credentials Center’s information will be expanded and enhanced over time.

The site’s headline says, “Start Your Journey to a Better Career.” From what I can tell, “start” is exactly what the Credentials Center helps you do.



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