Where Do You Start?

April 12, 2012

Where are you now?

Have you examined your profession and its viability following the Great Recession? Is it still viable? If not, have you considered a career makeover?

Some of those who participated in first phase of the Hashtag Mosaic project mentioned that they felt not just temporarily displaced by the financial collapse, but also seriously wondered if their skill sets would ever be useful again. Several participants thought about reinventing themselves completely. In fact, going back to school was the top response to the question I posed in the first leg: “What is your plan to recover?”

This response makes sense. It provides immediate hope that, somehow, something might provide a glimmer of hope that the future is going to be brighter. It will be. We are recovering, albeit slowly, from the 2008 meltdown. Will we ever be where we were before the crisis? Well, as they say, only time will tell.

If you are considering personal and professional reinvention, then it’s an exciting time for you. You get to figure out who you want to be when you grow up all over again—this time from the wizened perspective of adulthood. Choose wisely.

Although I didn’t ask the many participants what they planned to be or why they chose a particular discipline, most of them didn’t hesitate to say, “I’m entering a nursing program at <insert college name here>.” For many of these hopeful, brave people, a nursing program is a wise choice; however, because of the sudden explosion of nursing programs and professional market saturation, the demand for nurses is slowing down. The BLS data for nursing does not account for regional openings and, especially, not for specialization within the field that requires more education than you think.

There is a wide array of educational opportunities, and you still have a choice to be who you want to be. When considering a new career, don’t use a broad brushstroke. Dig deeper and discover unique niches that are emerging, especially in fields that intertwine with technology.

The second leg of this project is to share the stories of career makeovers and education. The project will curate information from Twitter and industry professionals to help those who remain displaced once again find work—or better—a new, sustainable career.

To give you a head start, check out these two growing niches:

As always, share your stories here, by email, or on twitter.

Happy hunting,

~A #Hashtag Mosaic