I work with a lot of people who want to move into a new career but are reticent to go back to obtain that Bachelor’s or Master’s degree because they need results NOW and don’t want to pay the exorbitant fees that go along with an advanced degree.
Even certificate courses from well known university and college adult extension programs can carry the burdensome cost of thousands, even $10,000 or more and my clients just don’t want to spend that kind of money or even the 6-9 months it may take to obtain one of these certificates.
I have great news! Changing careers is just as much about changing perception as it is about learning new skills. By perception, I am talking about rebranding yourself in a new field, being the first person to come to mind when a prospect thinks “I need an event planner” or “I would like to work with a Life Coach” or even “We need someone with Project Management skills to launch this new product in our small business.”
For less than $300 on www.ed2go.com and less than $100 on www.universalclass.com you can earn a Certificate of Completion for hundreds of different career directions as diverse as: “High Speed Project Management”, “Beginning and Intermediate Preparation for the Project Management Professional (PMI) Certification”, “Event Planning” “Six Sigma Total Quality Applications”, “Business Writing”, “Human Resource Functions”, “Spiritual Counseling”, “Wellness Coaching”, “Distribution and Logistics Management” , “Physical Therapy Aide”, “Veterinary Assistant” (beginning, intermediate and advanced), “Food, Nutrition and Health”, “Life Coaching”, “Database Development “, “Gerontology” and even basic and intermediate courses in computer programming and hardware like Comp TIA Security and Networking certificates, Structured Query Language (SQL) and Oracle.
Now, how could these certificates of completion courses help you open up a small business or get a foot in the door at that new company? Well, first it goes on your resume as recent, relevant education or on your website and business card if you care to open a business as an entrepreneur. You must be self-motivated to learn these things on your own and sell yourself to an employer, but classes on www.universalclass.com are even accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) to provide college-level Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
Many of my clients have opened new businesses and gotten jobs in just this way. Even though they did not possess the usually required backgrounds to be event managers, nutritionists, physical therapy aides, software developers or project managers, they were able to rebrand themselves with highly marketable skills and have a certificate (some; college accredited) to show for it.
If you want to make a career change fast it may just take a lot of self motivation and a few weeks of online learning to get where you’d like to be for a very small cost!
All the best,