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The Recession and Your Career

Today's economic downturn and the uncertainty of what's to come has put huge questions into the minds of many individuals trying to make career choices. When choosing a degree or training program, individuals should consider which industries have greater resistence to the effects of a recession. Such jobs are where people and orgnizations still need the goods and services. Keep in mind, no job can guarantee 100% security. However, there are some industries that definitely offer more stability.

Healthcare is Always in Demand
No matter what the state of the economy, there will always be a need for quality health care services. This doesn't just mean services from doctors and nurses, it also includes the administrative and technical support that is needed throughout the entire healthcare system. Some of the fastest growing professions are in healthcare. Our increasingly aging population drives the demand for healthcare professionals. Careers with positive prospects include doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physical therapist, and physician assistant. Healthcare professions such as medical assistant and dental assistant are excellent options without a 4-year degree. In many healthcare professions, you don't even need a 4-year degree to earn a rewarding salary. However, the greatest reward of healthcare is helping others stay healthy and well, in order to have the best quality of life possible.

Will Education and Training Help?
Definitely. You need to gain a competitive edge to look as attractive as possible to current and future employers. Earning a degree, finishing your degree program or taking courses for a certfiicate or credential can all help your chances at keeping your job or landing a new one. If you are considering online education, remember that you need to stay disciplined and on task. Online classes take as much time and focus as campus based ones, but they allow you the flexibility to still keep to your normal schedule and responsibilities as much as possible.

Ways to Recession Proof Your Career

Today's market has set historical records and has sent many into economic panic. The only sure thing is that we can expect a tough economic climate for a while and we all have to be as financially and professionally as prepared as possible for whatever comes our way. Whether you pursue further education & training or not, here are some ways to protect your job and stay valuable in the workforce.

Improve your Attitude
Things are tight and we're all a bit nervous to say the least, however, you should stay as positive at work as possible. Focus on the short and long-term goals of your company. Position yourself to contribute to those goals.

Develop your Reputation and Skills
Be the best at what you do. Stay fresh and updated on industry news, skills, and knowledge. Stay ahead of your competition and increase your value by working towards an advanced degree or certificate, especially if your employer still offers tuition reimbursement.

Network, Network, Network
Stay connected to professional groups and business associates. Pay attention to what people are seeking and hiring in your industry. Always look for those new connectiions that can bring more business and success to your company, thus to your own career.

Document your Successes
Promote your contributions and achievements without being obnoxious. This is as important to do with outside business contacts as it is to do with your boss. Business associates from other companies can be impressed enough by your accomplishments and skills to suggest you to their bosses. If done with finesse, you could be opening doors at your own company and elsewhere.

Always Update your Resume
Whether your lose your job or opportunity comes knocking, you want to be prepared to move immediately. Your resume should be up-to-date during a recession and times of prosperity. You should also have a couple versions of a coverletter available. You should have one for a field similar to your current job and for jobs that may not be in your industry but with potential for someone with your skills and experience. Change can happen ready!

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