Finding Your Career Path

Have you ever changed jobs or switched career paths? It’s common to change employment. Some changes are intentional, like getting a promotion and moving up in a career pathway. Other changes are not expected, like getting laid off.

Most people experience many stops and starts, and adjustments in their career. Knowing that you will have many twists and turns in your work life might help you to handle it when changes happen.

Not many career paths are straight and narrow. Think of your career pathway as having as many turns and off- and on-ramps that you will navigate. For example, getting laid off is a common “off-ramp” in people’s careers. An “on-ramp” might be when you return to work after dealing with health issues. Career pathways often include turning toward training to prepare for new opportunities.

Are you not able to work in your career pathway because of the COVID-19 pandemic? This is an unexpected turn in your career pathway. It is also a chance for you to find that your skills may help you succeed in a different career. Now might be the time for you to change or find your own career path.

At any time, you might need to take an off-ramp to explore other career options or seek assistance. People who have lost their jobs unexpectedly can use that off-ramp to gain skills employers want for good jobs.

Make a career plan to choose your on and off-ramps. Having a plan will also help you to navigate unexpected turns in your career pathway.

Stackable credentials are a series of credentials that you can gain over time to build up your qualifications and help you move along a career pathway or up a career pathway to different and possible higher-paying jobs.

“Stackable credentials” can also be thought of as “leveling up.” This means you start with one credential achievement and work up to a higher or next level of credential achievement by building your skills. You build your skills though short-term training programs. You also build skills through work and other experiences that may qualify for credit for prior learning.

Learn how "stack" your credentials to make the most of your training.