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Top Ten Places To Look For A New Career Path

Updated on October 1, 2012
Trapped in Your Job?
Trapped in Your Job?

Maybe you've been recently laid off. Perhaps you're at "an in between" job. Possibly you have a good job, but the satisfaction isn't there anymore. You want to change career paths but you have no idea what you want to do. Start by researching all of your options:

Your "Circle"

Ask your friends and family to help you look for a new career path. They may know you best and can help point out your strengths and weaknesses. Just don't depend on them totally.They were your friends and family when you got your current job, right? You may have to look outside your circle of friends and co-workers to find something new.

Wherever You Go...

Check out your local diner. Ask the waitresses that bring you food what's the coolest job they've ever heard about. Get the local gossip about who's hiring, who's firing, who's starting something new.


Do not limit yourself to the want ads. Read the articles and realize that they may hold a key to what you might like to do next. Reading my local newspaper, I see the notice for an auction. I think it would be great fun to clerk for an auctioneer. On the next page is the story of a house fire - so, I could be a firefighter, an investigator, work in insurance sales, or work in a hardware store selling fire alarms and extinguishers. A charity is doing a fundraiser. I'd like to volunteer for them not only for the sake of helping others but to meet new people. Get the idea?

On Line Job Postings

Check out employment websites to see how many job openings there are and where new businesses are opening up. (That is how I got my current position in my career). A job search on line can yield many opportunities, but you have to be accurate and purposeful in your applications or you will waste too much time when browsing.

Career Counseling

Colleges should have counseling offices and career resources, too. Call or check them out on line. You may be able to use the resources even if you are not a current student. However, educational institutions do not always have the pulse of the business world.


Research possible jobs through state employment offices or websites. For instance, Michigan has a nifty site Pure Michigan Talent which has career resources as well as job listings1.

The United States government lists job outlooks from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job outlooks for 2010-2020 include faster than average growth for these jobs: cartographers and photogrammetrists2 (I didn't even know there were such careers, but once I found out what they were, I think it'd be interesting work: they make maps).


Find inspiration right where you are. Read about all the wonderful places and amazing careers that Hubbers have enjoyed. Check out their profiles and ask questions of those you take a liking to. Hubbers are some of the best and brightest and are so helpful.


Many authors have written about finding your purpose in life, how to start a business, how to network, etc. Borrow some books and invest in your knowledge.

Job Shadow

Ask if you could job shadow in the business. My niece shadowed a wedding photographer and my daughter volunteered in a hospital to learn about career choices. Neither one was a paid position, but the experience was priceless. My niece still does photography as a hobby but learned she didn't want to be a professional (at least not photographing weddings) and my daughter is now a nurse.

Gather all the information you can -- find out what you need to do to be successful in your chosen path and then get busy and do it!

Be a Mentee

The idea is to network and research the possiblities until you can narrow what your next career path will be. Then, find a mentor! Find someone else who already is doing what you would like to do and meet them for lunch or dinner (your treat) or ask to call them a few times or use email. Ask your mentor questions and listen and watch closely. Networking with successful people will help you be successful, too.


Expect to do the leg work, to investigate all of your options, then to choose your path. You will learn along the way where you're meant to be.

Do not expect that your path will be straight. We live in a changing, global world. Your path may change many times throughout your working life. Be flexible. Good luck on your journey!



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      6 years ago

      Hi mate, i' m agree with the posting that recommend researches to start a new career opportunity for ourself. Since those are done consistently, i'm sure it will results the best :)

    • farmloft profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks, kerjawa, I'll be checking out your hubs, too.

      Simone - you may not have been a mentee, but you are a mentor with your Weekly Topics! Thanks

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Splendid tips! I've used all of these channels (save becoming a mentee) to get jobs in the past. It's good to remind people of all the options they have!

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      6 years ago

      This is a highly useful hub with plenty of practical sensible advice. I love your direct

    • farmloft profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks so much for the comments, Docmo!

      Case1worker, I'm sure you learned some things shadowing that will help you in your future! Thanks for stopping by.

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      6 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

      Good ideas; I think that Job Shadowing is a very good idea as it lets you experience the job in a safe environment. I actually did this and took qualifications to teach adults getting a job which was pulled a week before I was due to start owing to council cuts- still it was a good way- I just chose the wrong job!

      Good hub- voted up!

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      Mohan Kumar 

      6 years ago from UK

      This is a highly useful hub with plenty of practical sensible advice. I love your direct, endearing style of writing. voted up/useful!

    • farmloft profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Michigan

      Claudia Tello, keep on learning and do not be afraid to leap into a new path when you want to find that feeling of being where you're meant to be. I've switched paths several times, too. I thought I'd found my spot six years ago -- the people I worked with were the absolute best team I ever was on. Unfortunately, management did not agree, and half of our team "retired." I bravely thought-- it's time to go. I'm happy where I landed, but I may never totally feel I'm on my last path.

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      Claudia Tello 

      6 years ago from Mexico

      Oh my!!!! Linda Bliss´ story is unbelievable! That goes to show one does really never know where our blessings can come from; definitely a great lesson.

      As you well said, my path has not been straight at all, it has changed many times and even after years of professional life I am still feeling I am not where I am meant to be, which is why I am always interested in reading hub like yours.

    • farmloft profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Michigan

      Linda Bliss, your dog taught us a good lesson. Positive friendliness is a talent that many of us could try to develop. Genuinely caring about the people we bump into enriches our lives. Thanks for sharing!

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      Linda Liebrand 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      These are some great ideas for places to find new ideas for jobs. You never know when you're going to meet someone who might be able to help you find a new job. My dog accidentally bumped into my current job for me in the park - he found a little terrier to play with and I started chatting with his owner. One year in and I'm working for her business :-)

      Great hub, voted up and shared.


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