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Change Careers Without Completely Starting Over

by Kaitlyn Wightman
Marketing Specialist

March 25, 2014

Not passionate about your job anymore? Dreaming of that corner office you just don’t have? Dreading the sound of your alarm clock because it means you have to slog into work? 

Sounds like you need a career switch. 

Changing careers can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be. Choosing to earn the right degree can be the difference between loving your career—or not. 

So, how do you change careers without starting over? 

Meet the experts: Personalized Learning faculty Cori Gordon (Liberal Arts) and Jeannie Copley (Computer Information Technology). They give us the inside scoop on how you can change careers without all the complications. 

Where Do I Start? 

Copley: “Before you start changing careers, consider what you’re passionate about. What moves you? Then, focus on one or two of your passions. You can reinvent yourself as many times as you want, but keep that focus in mind. For example, many of our Computer Information Technology students began computer programming or website-building as a hobby; it’s now their careers.” 

Can I Still Complete My Bachelor’s Degree?

Gordon: “Most students in the Liberal Arts degree program are parents or working adults with busy schedules. Personalized Learning lets you work at your own pace, on your schedule. I work with one international student whose working hours differ from my ‘regular’ office hours, but we find time to connect when it’s convenient for him.” 

What Job Markets Are Hot?

Copley: “Information technology (IT) continues to be a strong field if you're considering changing careers. It’s ever-changing and now includes many different jobs—network architects, software developers, project managers, database administrators, web developers and more. Our curriculum captures the full plate of needs, with more than 50 courses offered to cover 11 critical competencies. We want students to have the broad skills needed to qualify for tech jobs as they evolve.” 

Will Students In My Classes Be Half My Age?

Gordon: “NAU’s Personalized Learning program lets students work online at their own pace—without required crowded lecture halls—and students choose how they want to learn: through videos, tutorials, games or texts. They can still connect with other students through the social spaces if desired, but can work more with faculty mentors on a one-to-one basis if that modality is preferable.” 

What Are My Job Options With My Degree?

Copley: “When students begin the Personalized Learning program, they have an initial meeting with their faculty mentor to discuss career goals. But the conversation doesn’t end there. The mentor continues to guide students through courses and needed competencies based on their individual goals throughout the program.” 

That career change can happen when you pair your focus and commitment with the right degree, whether you choose to take classes online, in your community, or through Personalized Learning. Let us help you get started

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