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Thinking about a Career Change?

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Now might be the perfect time to make your move!

While the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted many aspects of daily life, it’s also impacted the workforce and industry demands. If you’ve found yourself in a job crisis – layoffs due to the pandemic, your business struggling to make ends meet, or you’re just ready for a change – now might be a good time to explore your career goals. Staying relevant in the workforce means adapting to change, whether industry related or based on your personal goals.

For those considering a career change, Mandy Connelly, assistant director for career readiness and outreach at EKU offers the following advice: “The number one thing you need to do is remain positive. Employers are looking to hire someone who’s motivated and excited. When you’re positive and excited about your new life phase, that’s going to radiate through your application materials and that’s really going to grab attention.”

Over the past year, Connelly has witnessed the devastating impact of the pandemic on the career front and works closely with people who are looking for jobs, including non-traditional age students, alumni and veterans. 

“If you are making a career change or coming back to school, the experiences that you have had are not something to fret about,” she said. “There are so many ways that you can really dive into those experiences and pull out transferable skills that you learned and are applicable going forward in a completely different field.”

EKU’s Office of Academic & Career Services can help you fine tune your career goals and determine how to get there. A few fields to consider based on increased industry demands might include technology, healthcare, education or construction management, among others. 

EKU offers degree programs in several of these in-demand fields, such as computer science, nursing, public health, emergency medical care, psychology, construction management, and more. And if you’re looking to expand your career, you can get a master’s degree in many of these fields, too. 

“We’re here for you day one,” Connelly said. “And we’re here for you no matter how long you’ve been out of school. It’s literally never too late. You can always do these things, and we’re here for you for that whole journey.” 

The Office of Academic & Career Services offers the following services to students and alumni:

  • Figuring out career aspirations

  • Identifying professional skills 

  • Assistance with job application materials, including resumes, cover letters and interviews

  • Finding co-op and internship opportunities

  • Searching post-graduate positions

  • Connecting with employers looking to hire EKU graduates

  • Career fairs

  • Getting professionally ready

In addition to taking advantage of an opportunity to change careers, the EKU Advantage makes it simpler than ever to pursue your degree. There’s no fee to apply to EKU, standardized test scores are waived for undergraduate admissions, and more online and flexible learning options are available to fit your lifestyle. Furthermore, textbooks are free for all undergraduate students with EKU BookSmart for Fall 2021. 

As you explore where to take your career, EKU can help. Make an appointment today to talk with an admissions counselor or chat with Academic & Career Services

Published on March 09, 2021

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