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Retraining for a career change

Women are apparently motivated by their conscience and men by their wallet when choosing to retrain, according to research.

The study, by online learning resource Learndirect, found that men prioritize financial rewards in their decision to pursue a new job, whereas women are driven more by job satisfaction and the chance to do something socially worthwhile.

Four of the top five most popular courses among women were in health and education, as opposed to plumbing, electrical installation, plastering and construction for men. The training favored most by women was for jobs in childcare, nursery and midwifery, teaching, beauty therapy and as classroom assistants. The research also highlighted an increase in the popularity of social sector courses among women working in the private sector and desiring a more socially worthwhile role.

Money was identified by 40% of male respondents as their primary concern in switching career. And among women, 22% of those employed in the private sector stated a wish to move into the public sector and do more meaningful work helping others.

Women on the other hand are often more proactive. For example, after a break from work to have children, they will reconsider their position and really think about what kind of work would suit them most.

Research jobs in your area to find the kind of jobs with many openings. Focus on industries offering competitive pay or a higher salary than your previous job. Find careers with room for advancement, hours suited for your family’s schedule and careers with benefits or retirement plan options.

Then check local colleges for training options. Write down program length, cost and number of credits. You may be eligible to apply for financial aid immediately but first you may have to visit a vocational counselor at your local employment office.

Check with your state’s unemployment office. There may be training options designed to help you find a new career. While there, investigate programs designed to assist student loan payback such as critical-shortage teaching areas, government jobs, military service and government healthcare workers.

Many colleges offer work-study programs as part of an overall financial aid package. Student employment not only helps to transition the unemployed worker back to the workforce, but allows work experience in a relevant field while earning a paycheck.

The more flexible you are about change, the more likely you are to have a successful career. You may not need to make dramatic changes - you could research the options to specialize in an area you are most interested in.

Don't rush into a change. See the other sections below and good luck!

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