Quick Retraining In Under Six Months

Quick Retraining In Under Six Months
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    Your company has downsized and you've been included with a group of people who are part of your employer's “reduction in workforce” initiative.

    No matter what you call, you've been fired from your job and a period of unemployment awaits you.


If you’re fortunate enough, you’ve secured a generous severance package on top of unemployment benefits, giving you enough time to update your resume, consider the many opportunities before you, and to start a job seeking campaign that will hopefully yield a good position.

But, not every employee who has been laid off or downsized can expect to get back into the same kind of job that they held previously. Certainly, recovery will come but in some areas of business it could be years before we see a return to previous hiring levels, at least in some fields.

You probably already have a good understanding of what the job prospects are in your field, perhaps you realize that your chances of a successful job search will be daunting at best. On the other hand, maybe you see a big opportunity with your termination and believe that this is a good chance for you to move on to something different.

To make a move you’ll probably need some retraining. Not everyone has the funds or the time to go back to school to complete a degree, but you may have the time and the financial wherewithal to obtain a certificate.

To that end, the folks at ComputerTraining.com have shared six certifications you can earn in six months or less. Check your local junior or community college as well as for profit educational institution for classes.

Computer Technician: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that careers in the IT field will increase by 27-53% by 2016. In fourteen states, ComputerTraining.com offers accelerated, classroom-based courses to prepare students for Microsoft Certification (MCP, MCTS and MCSA) in six months.

Medical Careers: According to the Department of Labor, Medical Assistant is one of the fastest-growing fields in America. Training programs to become a Medical Assistant, Dental Assistant, Medical Billing Technician or Phlebotomist vary in length depending on certifications, starting at eight weeks.

Culinary Arts: Schools now offer training in classic culinary techniques and pastry arts in as little as six months.

Cosmetology: Courses have evolved beyond one-year courses in hairstyling and now include shorter, specialized courses beyond hairstyling, including accelerated courses for manicures, facials, or makeup application.

Massage Therapist: A massage therapy education is typically based on hours, rather than weeks or months, of experience. Most students are ready for the exam in as little as 300 hours and certified after 1,000 hours–about the equivalent of six months of full-time work.

Pharmacy Technician: Pharmacy Technicians can receive on-the-job training, but employers favor candidates who have completed a formal education and certification process.

Quoting Jerry Collins, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of ComputerTraining.com, “As the recession has spread, we’ve seen more and more people looking for new career choices, rather than simply waiting for an old job that might never return,” he said. “Even people who have earned college degrees for their former jobs are retraining for opportunities created by changing technology.”

Expect that Congress and the new president to offer some sort of educational initiative this Spring to help students return to school as well. In the meantime, you have several choices before you, good educational opportunities that can lead to a career change in six months or less.

Adv. — Are you looking to launch your new career in 2009? SayMyCareer.com has everything you need to get started! Career Assessments, Finding Your Career, Building Your Career, Job Search, Get Educated, and much more. Free and easy to use — check us out today!


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