Career Choices

Career Counseling Field & Leadership

I would like to get into the Career Counseling field or some kind of leadership position. I have education background but not much experience.

There are many different paths to take to get to the next step in our career/life. And there are different routes one might take. But I'll give it a shot anyway.

Choices for a High School Student

I am a junior in high school need some guidance and advice about which career I should choose.

Fatigued and Disabled; Options?

What types of jobs are more compatible with disabilities which cause fatigue? I have health research and nursing background but cannot keep the pace of many jobs and need shorter hours. I've been searching for answers to this question for some time now.

Finding a Job

I have a B.A. in Education, but permitted my certification to lapse. I am actually extremely interested in research and advocacy. I assisted several professors with research as an undergrad, which resulted in publication, yet haven't the foggiest idea as how to get my foot in the door, and potentially make a career out of my passion. While I did achieve a B.A.; school has actually always been quite a challenge for me. My youngest son has a learning disability, and I question, if I too, may have had, may still have, a learning disability. With that said, I'm reluctant to return to school. Are there any other opportunities; internships, trade schools, something for a woman in her late 40's.

Even though the job market is very tight, it is still very possible to make a career change. There are several ways to break into a new field. The good news is that you do not necessarily have to go back to school to do so!
Identify your skills.
First, it is important to take stock of your skills, especially your transferable skills. You must be able to talk about your skills to potential employers, especially if you do not have experience in a particular industry. Sometimes it is helpful to create a functional resume (instead of a chronological one) to begin to think of yourself in terms of skills rather than jobs. You can look up skill words on the Internet, or you can work with a career counselor to identify your skills.

Finding My Niche

I have taken many different classes in a variety of fields, I am 36 years old and I still cannot focus on what is my true passion. My goal is to make a good salary, but I want a career which I can enjoy to the fullest. How do I find my niche?

Job Change After 25 Years in Retail

I'm looking to make a job change after 25 years in my own retail business. I am uncertain about what I want to do and would like to meet with a career couselor to discuss some different options. Do you offer this type of service?

I certainly would recommmend that you work with a career counselor. You could contact: The Jewish Vocational Service at 216 West Jackson Blvd., Suite 700, Chicago, Illinois 60606, (312) 673-3400. The Skokie office of JVS is at 5150 W Golf Road, (847) 568-5150.

Masters in Counseling

I recently graduated with my masters degree in counseling and human services from a local University. Although I am not a LCPC yet, I would like to know what kind of career or field should I be looking for and what salary should I be asking for?

I'm not sure I have answers for you, but I do have lots of questions! What kind of career do you want? What areas are you interested in? What areas do you have skills in? Where do your skills and experience fit into the needs of the workplace? These are all issues you need to explore.

Narrowing My Choice

I need help establishing a career with an associate's degree in general studies. I have over 110 college credit hours but I don't know what type of jobs are on the market. My passion is sports but I don't know what career to choose.

Recent BA in Psychology & Music

I am a graduate from a university with a BA in psychology and another in music. I am currently seeking work in the Chicago area, I am open to any entry level human resources positions or really anything interesting with the potential for growth. Are there any specific places in Chicago for recent grads like me that you could suggest I look at?

Single Parent with Decisions to Make

I am a graduate student in a journalism program which I love. However, I am a single parent and I need a more stable job to provide for my child. I am thinking about teaching and I have just received my substitute teaching certificate to use in January after I finish my current unpaid and curriculum required internship. I'll be finished with school next December and I think journalism is something I can do once I get my finances together and my son is older. I do love journalism and I'll miss it but I can freelance to keep my feet wet. I would prefer to teach at the college level, but I would teach at the high school level if need be.

Am I doing the right thing by changing to education, and is there a way that I can gain a teaching certificate without adding to my loan debt and going back to school? How do I make myself appealing to substitute teaching jobs if I have had minimal interaction with children and no solid "career" type of jobs (seeing I went from undergrad to graduate school)?