Retraining for a
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
rush into a change. See the other sections below and good luck!
Top paying jobs for Women
for women in business
Prepare for your job interview
Dress for your interview
Questions and answers at your interview
Job Interview Types
Follow-up after a Job Interview
Women in Politics
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