/ Asked by Cynthia
I am 44 years old and I studied modern languages in college a long time ago. The only jobs I had were translation and localization testing. The pay was quite low. I now have kids and my husband is the only one working. I have his and my family's support to study something new that will help me secure a good job and good income, and also something I enjoy. Any recommendations on how I should determine what to study?
Answered by Tom, Hiring Expert at VF Corporation, on Friday, February 23, 2018
I appreciate your approach in seeking something that you will enjoy as well as offers a good income for you.  I run into people far too often who don't really enjoy what they are doing but hang on simply for the paycheck.  A few suggestions on how you should determine what to study:  1)Ask everybody you talk to, what do they do, how do they like it, why do they like it and so on.  You never know what may pique your interest.  2)Seek and participate in various volunteer opportunities, there are any number of things that you can get exposure to with no commitment and at no cost.  3)Reach out to an admissions counselor at a local university/community college...they have some incentive to tell you what you want to hear so you will sign up for a class, but they could be a good resource to help you consider options.  4)Seek out a career coach, they may charge a modest fee or you can likely find one free of charge via a community organization or something like Goodwill Industries.  Hope this helps!
Answered by Natesa, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Thursday, August 2, 2018
It’s so great that you have this opportunity to go back and study something new! But I’m sure it is also very overwhelming, due to the sheer number of possibilities. There are so many different types of jobs out there, it’s important that you choose a field you are interested in. I would recommend making a list of different topics and day-to-day activities that already interest you. Then use this list as a base to build out possibilities for an actual career. Once you have this, you should try to get as much experience and knowledge as you can before making a final decision, by researching online and reaching out within your network – you never know if a friend of a friend is already in a position that interests you. It’s important to keep in mind that the career you build, may not be entirely tied to the degree you end up getting. It’s becoming more and more prevalent for employees to be in roles that don’t exactly match their majors.
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